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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
1NorwayNOR–––Gold1
2MontenegroMNE–––Silver3
3SpainESP–––Bronze5
4Republic of KoreaKOR–––6
5FranceFRA–––10
6BrazilBRA–––11
7CroatiaCRO–––12
8Russian FederationRUS–––17
9DenmarkDEN–––18
10AngolaANG–––
11SwedenSWE–––19
12Great BritainGBR–––20

Preliminary Round (— — TO:DO)

Preliminary Round (28 July – 5 August 2012)

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1NOR–––
2MNE–––
3ESP–––
4KOR–––
5FRA–––
6BRA–––
7CRO–––
8RUS–––
9DEN–––
10ANG–––
11SWE–––
12GBR–––

Quarter-Finals (— — TO:DO)

Match #107 Aug 10:00NOR 21 – 19BRA
Match #207 Aug 13:30KOR 2124 – 23RUS 22
Match #307 Aug 17:00ESP 25 – 22CRO
Match #407 Aug 20:30MNE 2323 – 22FRA

Semi-Finals (— — TO:DO)

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

Final Round (— — TO:DO)

Match 1/211 Aug 17:00NOR 26 – 23MNE 24
Match 3/411 Aug 20:30ESP 31 – 29KOR 25

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