Sat, 08 May 2021

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Two-time defending world champion Sweden added a third consecutive world title to its name after it defeated Scotland 10-5 in the final of the world men's curling championship held in Calgary on Sunday.

After taking a day off due to positive COVID-19 tests inside the Calgary bubble, the world championship playoff matches resumed on Sunday with players wearing masks.

Earlier on Sunday, Sweden defeated Switzerland while Scotland edged past the Russian Curling Federation Team.

In the final match, Sweden had five points in the ninth end to beat Scotland 10-5 for the gold. In the bronze medal match, Switzerland earned a 6-5 victory over the Russian Curling Federation Team.

"It was probably the toughest field ever at a world championship," said Sweden player Niklas Edin. "We were in really good form after winning the worlds two years ago, and we were super pumped up and eager to play in the worlds last year, but it got shut down by the COVID-19. We didn't really know if we were still that good this year. We are super confident normally going into events like this, but we couldn't really know if our form was still the same, so I think winning this one feels unreal."

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