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Countdown to Suzhou

First Leg - Suzhou, China

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FINALS DAY WRAP-UP

MEN'S: Team Koe make it a clean sweep for Canada by defeating Norway's Team Walstad 6-5 in the final. Report

WOMEN'S: Rachel Homan impeccable as Canada beat Sweden's Team Hasselborg 7-3 to make it two titles for the maple leaf. Report | Video highlights

MIXED DOUBLES: Canada's Walker and Muyres beat United States' Anderson and Dropkin 7-4 to win the first ever Curling World Cup medals. Report | Video highlights.

Check back on all the scores and stats in-depth here.

1821: FINALLY, HERE'S KOE'S REACTION TO REACHING THE GRAND FINAL

The 43-year-old skip acknowledged that Steffen Walstad's error in the second end that allowed him to score three proved to be a critical moment in the final.

"The second was a big end and after that we managed to keep control," he said. "We weren't really in trouble in any end. He had an unfortunate one there on his last, I think it picked. We got a break there, we capitalised and we played solid."

Team Koe's achievement is all the more impressive considering they had only practised as a new foursome on a couple of occasions before flying out to China, BJ Neufeld and Colton Flasch having only joined the rink over the summer break.

"We didn't know what these events would be like but they're great. It's an outstanding facility. Whoever gets to play in these are pretty lucky and we're really glad we get to play in another one at the end of the year in the Grand Final."

Thanks for following our live coverage of the Curling World Cup first leg in Suzhou. It has been a sensational start to this inaugural series. See y'all in Omaha in December!

1811: WALSTAD DEJECTED WITH FINAL PERFORMANCE

While Canada are up on stage receiving their medals, we grab Steffen Walstad for a chat. He's understandably disappointed with vital errors at crucial points in the match.

"They're a better team," he says. "We were struggling even in the beginning. My last one in the second was not even close. They are playing a lot better and deserved to win this one, we'll have to come back a lot stronger next time.

"In this field, it's pretty good to have gotten to the final. I think, in time, we'll look back and be pretty happy about the result, if not too happy about the performance in the final. We're playing one of the best teams in the world so even if we were playing well it would be tough to beat them.

"Some days you game isn't quite there and this was one of those days The whole team has been firing quite well all week but no-one on the team performed the way we're used to."

Team Walstad next head to Basel for the Swiss Cup before they compete in the Norwegian nationals in a de facto qualifier for the European Championships. They hope to represent Norway again in the Curling World Cup third leg in Jonkoping.

1806: HERE'S CANADA'S WINNING MOMENT
1757: IT IS A CANADA CLEAN SWEEP!

Team Koe see out the final end, connecting head-on with an open hit to concede just the one for a final scoreboard of 6-5. An incredible day for Canadian curling, who wrap up the mixed doubles, women's and men's title in this inaugural Curling World Cup leg in Suzhou. It has been an absolute blast from start to finish. We'll get reaction from both rinks to you very soon...

1747: NORWAY JUST ABOUT STILL ALIVE

Koe's audible reaction to his last stone, a draw, indicates in no uncertain terms what he thinks of it! Let's just say he must have forgotten he was wearing a microphone and is live on TV! Walstad still has plenty to do and his last rock actually looks a little light, but his sweepers come to the rescue and usher it gently past a Canadian guard to earn one. We're into the last end and Canada lead 6-4 and have hammer. Can the Norwegian boys produce something epic to prize this one from the jaws?

1734: SUPER WORK BY CANADA'S SWEEPERS

Tasty last shot from Walstad down the right hand side which leaves Norway lying two with one shot to come from Koe. He comes down the other side, it's over-curling but the sweepers earn their corn with a bit of bicep power and turn it into a great raise for one. Canada 6 Norway 3 and just two ends to come. A third rendition of 'O Canada' at the medal ceremony is looking increasingly likely here...

1719: SHOT, MR WALSTAD!

Canada are lying four here as the Norwegian skip prepares for his final stone. Not a problem for the unflappable Walstad as a soft-weight takeout on the counter earns a single and reduces the gap to 5-3. Three ends to go. Almost at the final bend...

1702: HEALTHY LEAD FOR CANADA AT HALFWAY

Canada have hammer. Markus Hoiberg winces as he crashes a Norwegian guard, taking both stones out of the equation. When BJ Neufeld then produces a double takeout, Norway look in real peril. Sure enough, with two rocks spread apart in the house, Norway cannot prevent Koe having an easy single takeout, which he hits right on the nose for a deuce. That's 5-2 and time for an energy bar and swig of water.