Scotland skip Bruce Mouat claims his rink fully deserved their bronze medal as they downed Korea at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas.
Having lost to Canada in the semi-finals, the Scottish rink of Mouat, Grant Hardie, Bobby Lammie, Hammie McMillan and Ross Paterson, recovered to beat the Koreans 11-4 to clinch a first medal for the country at the Championships since 2013.
Korea had a 2-1 lead after two ends but, in the third end, Mouat played a tap-up on one of his own stones to score three points and take the lead, at 4-2.
And Scotland, who are coached by Sochi 2014 silver medallist David Murdoch, pressed home that advantage in the fifth end after Korea’s skip Kim Chang-Min crashed on a front stone and slipped out of position, allowing Mouat to steal four points and take a 10-2 lead.
The Scots took another point in the seventh end before playing out the eighth end shaking hands at 11-4.
Mouat was delighted with his rink’s performance and claimed it was just rewards for a hard week in Las Vegas.
He said: “It feels right. I think we had a really good week and we really stuck in after a tough loss before, so it feels really good to come away with a medal.
“In the third end we just had to play the right weight and both of the boys had a great sweep – it was brilliant.
“This is really special for me, so to join the other Scottish medallists is class. I’m really proud of my team.
“We knew we had a good chance for a medal. For my first world championship I’m happy with a bronze.”