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Swiss women take bronze in European curling

Switzerland's women curlers celebrate their European bronze

(Keystone)

The Swiss women, represented by the Solothurn-Wengi club team of skip Nadja Heuer, beat hosts Germany by 7-6 to take the bronze medal in the European Curling Championship at Oberstdorf.

But their male colleagues, under skip Andreas Schwaller, were unlucky, losing their third place to Sweden, who defeated them 10-7.

The European competition is a vital step towards qualification for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Having failed to win a gold or silver, both teams will need to turn out a good performance at next year's World Championship in Lausanne, if they want to keep a chance of reaching the United States.

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