Canada defends men's curling title at Vancouver Olympics

15:09, February 28, 2010      

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Canadian players pose during the victory ceremony for the men's curling event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver Olympic Centre, Vancouver, Canada, Feb. 27, 2010. Canada beat Norway 6-3 and won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Qi Heng)

Top favourite Canada, with a perfect record of 11-0, became the first team to defend the men's curling title, overwhelming Norway 6-3 in the final at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on Saturday.

Dubbed "Michael Jordan of Curling", skip Kevin Martin led the Canadian foursome to clinch the gold with a comfortable margin after 10 ends.

"Finally, it took a long time. But the hard work was worth it," Martin said of the gold medal.

This is Martin's first Olympic gold medal and avenged his narrow loss to Norway eight years ago at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Skip Martin and his team - lead Ben Hebert, second Marc Kennedy and third John Morris - dominated the first five ends, taking three points against zero.

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