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Kevin Koe tastes victory after winning the gold medal in the 2010 men's world curling championship. ((Antonio Calanni/Associated Press))

Canadian skip Kevin Koe captured his first world curling championship on Sunday, defeating Norway 9-3 in the final in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.

Koe needed just eight ends to secure the victory. He scored three in the opening frame and led 5-1 after three. His double takeout to score two with the last rock of the eighth compelled Norway skip Torger Nergard to concede.

It was the first crack at a world title for Koe, 35, who also won the Brier in his first attempt last month.

"It's been such a whirlwind last month and a half for us," Koe said. "It’s just been an awesome ride for us and I’m just so happy for the guys. This is a pretty good team and now we’re world champs. That’s something no one can take away from us."

Koe's victory returned the men's world title to Canada for the third time in four years. Fellow Edmontonian Kevin Martin lost his bid to repeat last year when he lost the final to Scotland's David Murdoch.

Koe was strong throughout this year's tournament, finishing second in the round robin with a 9-2 record that included a loss to first-place Norway (10-1).

But the Canadian skip rebounded with the help of teammates Blake MacDonald, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen to beat the Norwegians in the 1-versus-2 Page playoff game, and advanced directly to the final.

The bronze medal went to Scotland's Warwick Smith after he beat American Pete Fenson earlier Sunday.