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Handball, Women

Date28 July – 11 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationCopper Box, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants171 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Apart from the fact that host nation Great Britain was granted a place in the competition, the field at the Olympics could be considered the strongest possible. The other eleven nations had ranked 1 through 11 at the 2011 World Championships in Brazil. Winner there had been Norway, which were also the reigning Olympic and European champions, and expected to do well again in London.

But the Norwegian women struggled in the group stage. They lost to France and Spain (respectively silver and bronze medallists at the last World Championships), tied South Korea, only qualifying for the quarter-finals in fourth place. The other pool saw Brazil (5th at the last Worlds) in the lead - despite a loss to Russia - followed by Croatia, Russia and Montenegro. In the quarter-finals, Norway regained its former strength and put the Brazilians aside 21-19. The real story of that day, however, was the match between France and Montenegro. The score was level at 22-22 when Camille Ayglon fouled Majda Mehmedović with just 2 seconds left to place. Katarina Bulatović converted the penalty shot to send the Montenegrins into the semis. Spain was the next opponent of the tiny nation (625,000 inhabitants). With a four-point lead in the second half, things were not quite as close this time, although the Spanish came to within one point at the final whistle.

In the final, Montenegro encountered Norway, which had beaten South Korea with relative ease (31-25). The Montenegrin women gave the defending Olympic champions a stiff challenge, and with 9 minutes to go, the score was 20-20. The Norwegians then pushed on, aided by a suspension of Bulatović, to open up a three point gap: 26-23. For the fifth time in ten tournaments, the reigning Olympic champion defended its title. Montenegro won its first ever Olympic medal in a team sport, while third place was taken by Spain - their first in the women’s event - after two-overtimes against South Korea.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1NorwayNOR51211196–187Gold1
2MontenegroMNE4139210–197Silver3
3SpainESP4129201–192Bronze5
4Republic of KoreaKOR4129214–2156
5FranceFRA4119147–12610
6BrazilBRA4028156–14311
7CroatiaCRO4028167–14012
8Russian FederationRUS3127174–14917
9DenmarkDEN1042113–12118
10AngolaANG1042132–142
11SwedenSWE0050108–13119
12Great BritainGBR005091–16620

Preliminary Round (28 July – 5 August 2012)

Group A (28 July – 5 August 2012)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1BRA4018137–122
2CRO4018145–115
3RUS3117151–125
4MNE2125137–123
5ANG1042132–142
6GBR005091–166

Match #128 Jul 9:30RUS 30 – 27ANG
Match #228 Jul 14:30BRA 24 – 23CRO
Match #328 Jul 19:30MNE 31 – 19GBR 21
Match #430 Jul 9:30CRO 2228 – 23ANG
Match #530 Jul 14:30RUS 37 – 16GBR
Match #630 Jul 19:30BRA 27 – 25MNE
Match #701 Aug 11:15MNE 30 – 25ANG
Match #801 Aug 16:15BRA 30 – 17GBR
Match #901 Aug 21:15CRO 30 – 28RUS
Match #1003 Aug 9:30ANG 31 – 25GBR
Match #1103 Aug 14:30CRO 27 – 26MNE
Match #1203 Aug 19:30RUS 2331 – 27BRA 24
Match #1305 Aug 11:15BRA 29 – 26ANG
Match #1405 Aug 16:15MNE 25 – 25RUS
Match #1505 Aug 21:15CRO 37 – 14GBR

Group B (28 July – 5 August 2012)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1FRA4109125–103
2KOR3117136–130
3ESP3117119–114
4NOR2125118–120
5DEN1042113–121
6SWE0050108–131

Match #128 Jul 11:15KOR 31 – 27ESP
Match #228 Jul 16:15DEN 2521 – 18SWE 26
Match #328 Jul 21:15FRA 2724 – 23NOR
Match #430 Jul 11:15KOR 25 – 24DEN 28
Match #530 Jul 16:15FRA 2918 – 18ESP 30
Match #630 Jul 21:15NOR 24 – 21SWE
Match #701 Aug 9:30NOR 27 – 27KOR 31
Match #801 Aug 14:30FRA 29 – 17SWE
Match #901 Aug 19:30ESP 24 – 21DEN
Match #1003 Aug 11:15FRA 3224 – 21KOR
Match #1103 Aug 16:15ESP 25 – 24SWE 33
Match #1203 Aug 21:15NOR 24 – 23DEN 34
Match #1305 Aug 9:30KOR 32 – 28SWE 35
Match #1405 Aug 14:30ESP 25 – 20NOR 36
Match #1505 Aug 19:30FRA 30 – 24DEN

Quarter-Finals (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #107 Aug 10:00NOR 21 – 19BRA
Match #207 Aug 13:30KOR 3724 – 23RUS 38
Match #307 Aug 17:00ESP 25 – 22CRO
Match #407 Aug 20:30MNE 3923 – 22FRA

Semi-Finals (9 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #109 Aug 17:00NOR 31 – 25KOR
Match #209 Aug 20:30MNE 27 – 26ESP

Final Round (11 August 2012)

Medal round.

Match 1/211 Aug 17:00NOR 26 – 23MNE 40
Match 3/411 Aug 20:30ESP 31 – 29KOR 41

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