BEIJING - Norway's Thomas Ulsrud led from start to finish in defeating Sweden 8-3 to claim the gold medal Sunday at the world men's curling championship in Beijing.
Canada's Kevin Koe had to settle for fourth place after falling 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze-medal match.
Koe's Calgary rink came into the 10th end down by three, but couldn't muster the comeback, scoring just a single point in the final end against the Swiss team.
Despite failing to medal, Canadian coach Rick Lang said there was no reason to push any panic buttons, considering Canada has finished in the top six at every international curling event this season.
Koe also gave credit to his team.
"I'm proud of the guys. We had a great run. World championship, two Brier titles, a Brier final -- obviously this was very disappointing, but it's been a great team."