Holders Canada have retained the World Mixed Curling Championship title, defeating Scotland ©WCF/Celine Stucki

Holders Canada defeated hosts Scotland to retain the World Mixed Curling Championship title in Aberdeen.

Canada’s quartet of lead Annie Lemay, second Ian Belleau, third Marie-Franche Larouche and skip Jean-Michel Menard won 7-4 to take the crown at Curl Aberdeen.

At the midway point of the match the score was tied at 4-4, before Canada stole single shots in the next three ends to open up a 7-4 advantage.

In the eighth end Menard placed his last stone in a position where Scotland could not score the required three points to extend the match, sealing the title for his team.

Scotland’s line-up of lead Robyn Munro, second Scott Hyslop, third Lisa Davie and skip Cameron Bryce claimed the silver medals.

In the bronze-medal match Switzerland defeated Sweden 6-4, with the contest poised at 3-3 after five ends before the Swiss took the decisive advantage.

The Swiss team consisted of lead Chantal Schmid, second Simon Hoehn, third and skip Ursi Hegner and fourth Yves Hess.

Earlier in the day Scotland won their semi-final against Sweden 6-5, scoring a single point in an extra end to book their place in the gold-medal match.

In the day’s other semi-final encounter Canada overcame Switzerland 9-4, securing victory with a score of five in the sixth end.