Lithuania women and Slovenia men have won gold at European Curling Championships 2021 C-Division in Geneva, Switzerland and also secured their places in the European Curling Championships 2021 B-Division which will be held in Lillehammer, Norway in November.
In the women’s gold medal game, Lithuania, skipped by Virginija Paulauskaite, third Olga Dvojeglazova, second Dovile Aukstuolyte and lead Ruta Blaziene took an early lead over Slovenia by scoring three points in the first end. Slovenia responded in the second end with a score of two points. Lithuania, however, controlled the game throughout, partly thanks to two stolen points in the fifth end. Slovenia eventually ran out of stones in the eighth end, giving Lithuania a 6-3 victory.
Austria women won bronze after losing the semi-final earlier to Slovenia by 6-3.
In the men’s gold medal final, Slovenia faced Belgium.
Slovenia, skip Jure Culic, third Tomas Tisler, second Gasper Ursic, lead Jost Lajovec – supported by alternate Gregor Verbinc – won the game due to their strong performance in the last two ends.
After six ends, Belgium were leading 5-4, when Slovenia capitalised on their last stone advantage and scored three points in the seventh end. Slovenia managed to steal one more point in the eighth end, eventually winning the game by 8-5.
In the men’s bronze medal game Slovakia beat Ireland by 7-2.
All the medal-winning teams were promoted to the European Curling Championships 2021 B-Division which will be held in Lillehammer, Norway from 20-27 November.
Full results from the European Curling Championships C-Division 2021 can be found at https://worldcurling.org/events/eccc2021
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