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2ND LEAD Canadian pair sweep to first mixed doubles gold By Barry Whelan, dpa

Europe, Europa
13.02.2018
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Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - Canadian curling duo Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris swept to victory over Switzerland in the final on Tuesday to capture the first-ever Olympic gold in the sport‘s mixed doubles.

The Canadians proved too strong for Swiss pair Jenny Perret and Martin Rios, who conceded after six of the eight ends with the score at 10-3 in the final at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

It was Canada‘s sixth gold medal in Olympic curling, and both Lawes and Morris now have two. Lawes was part of the victorious Canadian women‘s team in Sochi four years ago, while Morris won gold with the men in Vancouver in 2010

"It feels fantastic," Morris said.

"You never know how many times you can get to the Olympics so to get to two, it feels so great we were able to do that. It is an amazing feeling."

Lawes said of her second gold: "It‘s surreal, to be honest. I don‘t think even the first one has sunk in and I don‘t think it ever will.

"But it‘s just a dream come true to represent our country on the world‘s biggest stage. To be able to bring home another gold medal with John is a great honour."

Rios meanwhile blamed himself for the defeat, saying: "I am disappointed because my performance was a little bit ‘everybody against Jenny.‘ I couldn‘t bring my best game today."

Earlier Russian husband and wife duo Alexandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova won the bronze medal match against Norway.

Krushelnitckii and Bryzgalova, competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), defeated Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten 8-4.

Mixed doubles has made its debut at the Pyeongchang Games, and both Morris and Lawes hailed it as an exciting new format for the sport.

"I know in Canada we have had team curling for so long, but for the rest of the world where curling does not have such a history mixed doubles is where it‘s at," Morris said.

"It‘s quick and very athletic and you don‘t need four players."

The OAR pair in the match for bronze meanwhile came back from a semi-final defeat to Switzerland to take control of the game from the start

"It‘s very important that we are family," Bryzgalova said.

"That was very important in order to survive yesterday‘s loss, just to come out here today and to make the match that we can be proud about. The fact that we are family helped us a lot."

Norway‘s Skaslien said the tournament had been "a real adventure" with her boyfriend Nedregotten.

"We‘ve been good friends out there, even though it‘s been some tough games. We‘re still good friends, and that‘s the most important thing," she said.

 

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