Medal hopes dashed for Canada’s Homan, Morris with loss to Italy in mixed doubles curling

Canadian blended doubles curling duo Rachel Homan and John Morris’ hopes of an Olympic name defence came to a unexpected halt on Monday in Beijing with an 8-7 extra end loss to Italy’s Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner.

In what has been a dramatic 24 hours for the duo from Ottawa, the power fell on Homan to make the final throw of the sport with the button open and a chance to score and win it.

Her throw nestled up against the Italians’ rock and a dimension gave the win to Italy by the slightest of margins.

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With Italy up 5-4 after six ends, Mosaner didn’t help his team’s case with a clearing to open the door for Canada to take advantage. On Italy’s final throw, Constantini used to be able to get a double take-out however not rather get every rock, as Homan were given a draw at the hammer to attain 3 points and take a 7-5 lead with the powerplay.

within the eighth, Italy used to be able to send the game to an additional end with two issues after Canada’s final stone did not get some distance sufficient in the area to score any issues. That left Constantini to get a draw to capitalize on one stone already in the area in the course of the powerplay.

Morris had received gold in 2018 with Kaitlyn Lawes in the first Olympics to hold combined doubles curling as an event.

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