Ruthless Canada win third straight gold

Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:47pm EST
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By Keith Weir

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada crushed Britain 9-3 on Friday to win the men's Olympic curling title for the third successive time and complete a golden double after their women also triumphed.

Led by skip Brad Jacobs, the Canadians were far too clinical for a British team seeking a first men's Olympic title since 1924 but who made a series of errors from the off and were never in contention.

With the match realistically out of reach, British skip David Murdoch conceded after the eighth of the 10 ends.

Canada is home to the majority of the world's curlers but it is the first time they have won both women's and men's titles at an Olympics.

Their women triumphed by winning every match and Jacobs said he was surprised at the margin of his team's victory.

"I'm a little surprised, I was really expecting to have to make my last one, or be in a nail-biter," he told reporters.

"You never expect to go out there and blow a team out. That's what happened today. We'll take the win any way we can get it," he added.

Sweden earlier beat China 6-4 to take the bronze, clinching the game in an extra end.   Continued...