After an Olympics to forget for Canada when it came to the traditional four-person game of curling, Jennifer Jones defeated Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg 7-6 to win the gold medal at the world women’s curling championship on Sunday and give Canada its 3rd World championship since the performance of Rachel Homan and Kevin Koe in Pyeongchang.
Jones scored a single in an extra end for the victory. Hasselborg tried to pick out a stone on the four-foot ring with her last throw but missed it completely.
Jones, who won her lone world title in 2008, has played in this event on six occasions. She won silver in 2015 and bronze in 2010.
Canada has won a leading 17 gold medals since the inaugural world women’s championship in 1979. Sweden is next with eight titles.
The 2019 world playdowns will be held next March in Silkeborg, Denmark.
Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship starting Saturday in Las Vegas. A win would give Canada the men’s, women’s and junior curling titles as Kaitlyn Jones and Tyler Tardi won gold earlier this month at the World Juniors.