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Hürlimann still the curling man

Hürlimann leads his team towards another championship title

(Keystone)

Lausanne skipper Patrick Hürlimann led his team to a rare "shutout" on Saturday to beat Biel 4-0 in the final of the Swiss curling championships.

The win ensured a fifth Swiss title for Olympic gold medallist Hürlimann but raised questions about Biel's form just three weeks before Andreas Schwaller's team represent Switzerland at the world championships in Lausanne.

With three ends remaining, Biel trailed by just a single point and had the advantage of being able to play the last stone. But Schwaller failed to make that advantage count, instead allowing Lausanne to stretch their lead further.

In the women's final Zug enjoyed a much tighter 4-3 win over Bern, having already disposed of world championship contenders Solothurn in the sem-finals.

Twenty-four year-old Manuela Kormann showed great maturity in only her second season as Zug skipper to complete her first major success. By winning the Swiss championships, Lausanne and Zug have both ensured that they will be representing Switzerland at the 2002 world championships in the United States.

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