Thursday , May 6 2021

Edin's late thefts force Koe to early handling in the men's curling finals

Canadian Kevin Koe settled for silver at the Men's Curling World Championship after declining to 7-2.

Canadian Kevin Koe has decided on a silver medal on Sunday evening at the Men's Curling World Championship after deciding to bring Swedish Niklas Edin.

Edin stole two points in the eighth place and stole another three in the ninth, after Koe managed to clean only one stone on a four-pronged print attempt.

"We've obviously lost control," Koe said. "Betting with the hammer that plays eight, it's a good place to participate and obviously we did not play a good end and it cost us."

It was Edin's fourth world title in the career and the second in a row. Last year, Las Vegas defeated Canadian Beard Gushue to drive back the loss of St. John, N.L., skipping a year earlier in Edmonton.

Edin's first world title came in 2013 and won again in 2015. He won World Gold in 2010 and 2016.

Start gaps to open matching

After a blank void, Koe had a chance to force at the other end, but his return took Swedish stone and his own rock. It allowed Edina to be empty again.

Canada was in danger of dropping four points in the third half, but managed to steal one when Edin stumbled on a double take attempt.

The experiment hit the heavyweight duel and brought it back under cover before he followed a nice ride. He kept the pressure in the fourth with a blow drifting around the corner of the guards. Edin was forced to draw for one person.

Koe did not have to draw the draw until he bet for the first time in the fifth. His first throw was a bit off line, but his second draw found four meters to lead 2-1.

No more miracles

The crowd in Calgary made a packed house in Enmax Center pop in the sixth when he hit a double pot and fell to three. Edin was forced to withdraw even for one.

Koe made another douche in the next end to get empty and hold the hammer.

Several rocks were in the eighth game before the game was over for about five minutes during skip over for a loose handle. Edin played the repaired stone and made a double pot to sit on the three.

Koe was forced to pull four meters and came short to give Sweden two points advantage.

Swedish third Oskar Eriksson made an excellent double takeover at the ninth end to put pressure on Canada.

He has recorded several hits over a few weeks – including a masterful quad day earlier – but Calgary's skip could not repeat it with his last rock and the teams were shaking hands.

Koe, led by Ben Hebert, another Colton Flasch and the third B.J. Neufeld are in the first season together as four.

A tough move to Canada

The silver medal finishes heavy results for four-player teams at major events.

The show did not reach the base at the Pyeongchang Olympics last year, and the Canadian women's team skipped by Rachel Homan also did not win the medal.

Canada's Chelsea Carey missed play last month's World Women's Championship in Silkeborg, Denmark. Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni defeated Sweden's Anu Hasselborg in that final.

Edin has earned the first seed in the round with 11-1. He won Koe 9-4 earlier in the week.

Canada was the third seed in a group of six players in the playoffs that also included the United States and Scotland. Italy, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, China, Norway and South Korea missed the cut.

A total of nine days of participation was 69,077. The Enmax Center has a capacity of about 4,500 for curling.

The World Championship Man 2020 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

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