Pyeongchang 2018

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Jones wins battle of Olympic champion skips as Canada take world title

Canada edged out Sweden in a thrilling World Curling Championship final on home ice in North Bay.

After Rachel Homan’s disappointing PyeongChang, Sochi 2014 gold medallist Jennifer Jones was back as Canada skip.

And Jones won her battle with Anna Hasselborg to claim her second world title, 10 years after her first.

Nip and tuck

The last two Olympic champion skips squared off at the end of a thrilling week of curling.

Canada had won 13 out of 13 going into the final, but PyeongChang heroes Sweden took them all the way.

The teams were level going into the ninth end when Jones’ takeout scored two for a 6-4 Canada lead.

The pressure was on Hasselborg but she responded superbly.

A hit into a cluster near the button left two Swedish stones in scoring position to send the match into an extra end.

Canada had the hammer in the 11th end but, before that, Hasselborg was left with another crunch shot.

This time, the 28-year-old was unable to deliver.

Her stone went straight through the house with Canada winning 7-6 to the delight of the home crowd.

Jones matched Homan’s feat from last year’s Worlds of going the whole week unbeaten, and kept the title in Canada.

This was Team Jones’ last tournament as a rink with second player Jill Officer quitting international competition.

It was a double triumph for Jones’ third, Kaitlyn Lawes, who won gold at PyeongChang in the first Olympic mixed doubles competition.

Happy Hasselborg

Swedish skip Hasselborg was unable to secure the golden double but she was pleased with her team’s efforts.

“That was one of our best games this week so far.

“We won an Olympic gold and now we’ve won a world silver. It was a fantastic game and it’s super-cool playing in front of this audience.

“I feel super-proud of my girls just hanging in there this week. We just battled through to come to the final. We’re so tired but I’m so proud.”

Bronze for Russia

Russia beat USA in another tight encounter to claim the bronze medal.

USA led 5-4 after nine ends thanks to Jamie Sinclair’s draw into the house to score two.

But opposing skip Victoria Moiseeva did the same in the 10th to seal a 6-5 victory.

It was Moiseeva’s first appearance after Anna Sidorova had won medals at the previous four World Championships.

 

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