Sweden successfully retained their men's European title ©WCF/Richard Gray

Sweden successfully defended the men’s title at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships after earning an extra end victory over Switzerland in the final at Esbjerg, Denmark.

Led by their skip Niklas Edin, who already had three European gold medals to his credit, Sweden ended Norway’s unbeaten record in the semi-finals yesterday with an extra end victory.

The gold medal contest proved equally as close.

Switzerland claimed a two point lead after the opening end to give them an ideal start to the match, as they looked to reclaim the European crown after winning the 2013 edition of the event in Stavanger, Norway.

Edin levelled the scores in the fourth end with an excellent final shot and the match remained delicately poised as it began to draw to its conclusion with Switzerland’s Benoit Schwarz drawing his team level in seventh end at 4-4, after Sweden had scored two in the sixth.

Despite Sweden immediately re-establishing their two-point advantage, Schwarz forced an extra end by drawing his team level once more in the 10th end.

But Edin made use of the final stone advantage to score a solitary point to earn his team a 7-6 triumph.

Sweden edged the close fought final after scoring in the extra end
Sweden edged the close fought final after scoring in the extra end ©WCF/Laura Godenzi

“We played a Swiss team here that made every shot in the first few ends and we were down early, but we fought hard in this game and really finished strong,” Edin reflected after the win.

“I'm proud of my team and the whole crew for a terrific job.

"I thought it would be just another one if we won this year, but as it developed, struggling, almost not making the semi-finals, turning it around and winning it again back to back, I think this is one of the sweetest victories we've had so far."

Meanwhile host nation Denmark ensured they would be playing in the 2016 World Men's Curling Championship after the European B-Division gold medallists overcame eighth placed A-Division team Italy 2-0 in a best of three series.

Russia overcame Scotland in the women's final
Russia overcame Scotland in the women's final ©Facebook/European Curling Championships

Russia secure the women's title for the first time since 2012 as they saw off the challenge of Scotland in a tight gold medal match.

Led by their skip Anna Sidorova, the Russian team claimed a 2-0 lead after the second end of the match but Scotland remained in the contest, with the score having stood all-square at 5-5 by the halfway mark of the contest.

The Russian team scored one point in the sixth end to take a narrow lead however it mean that Scotland took control of the hammer and were hoping set up an opportunity to score multiple points to take control of the match.

However, the eighth end proved pivotal as Russia were able to earn a steal to take a two point advantage.

Both teams added a point apiece to their tallies in the concluding ends of the match, with the Russians eventually clinching a 6-4 win.

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