Britain’s women won Olympic curling bronze with a last-stone 6-5 victory over Switzerland at Sochi 2014.

Eve Muirhead led her rink to Britain’s first women’s Olympic curling medal since Rhona Martin’s gold in 2002.

“This was the medal we were missing as a team”

Eve MuirheadBritish skip

“We knew we had to step it up and we did. The girls were fantastic,” Muirhead told BBC Sport.

GB’s men face Canada for gold at 13:30 GMT on Friday. Their guaranteed medal makes Britain’s haul of four their best at a Winter Games in 90 years.

Lizzy Yarnold’s gold in the skeleton and the bronze for Jenny Jones in the snowboard slopestyle are the other British medallists at Sochi 2014.

Though the scoreline in Thursday’s bronze play-off remained tight throughout, Muirhead displayed an assurance and touch which at times deserted her in Britain’s semi-final defeat by Canada.

After a tentative start, Vicki Adams’ mistake gave Switzerland a 2-0 lead but Britain had levelled by the halfway point.

Swiss skip Mirjam Ott inadvertently scored one instead of blanking the sixth end, handing Britain the hammer and control of the game.

A succession of excellent Muirhead shots kept up the pressure in the ninth end, forcing the Swiss to take just one with the hammer, which tied the contest at 5-5.

The 23-year-old Scot then delivered two nerveless final stones to add Olympic bronze to her 2013 world title, as her team-mates broke into tears.

“I knew she was going to make it,” said GB’s Anna Sloan of Muirhead’s shot to win the medal.

“That’s all she said: ‘Give me a draw for the win.’ It was a great team effort. The girls swept it really well and judged it to perfection, and that shows how good a team effort it’s been.”

Adams said: “We knew if we were up with the hammer coming home, it would be good. If you leave Eve a draw to the four-foot, she’s normally pretty happy. We had it all under control.”

Muirhead added: “When you look at our successes over the last couple of years since we’ve come together, this was the one medal we were missing as a team and we’ve managed to get that.

“For us to finish the Olympic Games on a high makes it even more fun.”