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Handball, Men

Date6 – 14 August 1936
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Reichssportfeld, Berlin / Polizeistadion, Berlin / BSV-Platz, Berlin
Participants105 from 6 countries
FormatRound-robin pools followed by playoffs for place. Tournament held outdoors with 11 men to a side.

Originally, ten nations intended to send teams to Berlin, but Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden eventually withdrew their entries. The absence of the Scandinavian countries, where the indoor variety was more popular, was particularly disappointing. This essentially left the title to the other native country of the sport, Germany. Also competing in Berlin were four Central European nations – Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, and Romania – and the United States, the only non-European entry, with the Romanian team made up of ethnic Germans from Transylvania. After setting aside Hungary (22-0) and the United States (29-1), Germany encountered somewhat more resistance in the final pool. The last match against Austria, played in a packed Olympic Stadium was relatively closely contested, but the Germans still emerged victorious: 10-6.

In 1938, Germany and Austria also finished 1-2 at the inaugural world championships (indoor handball). Later that year, the first outdoor handball world championship was also won by the Germans. Austria was absent, as it had been annexed by Germany earlier in the year. Apart from eight German Olympic champions, the world champion team also featured Austrian Leopold Wohlrab, who had won a silver medal in Berlin.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GermanyGER5001096–19Gold
2AustriaAUT401860–29Silver
3SwitzerlandSUI203433–52Bronze
4HungaryHUN104225–64
5RomaniaROU102219–29
6United StatesUSA00306–46

Preliminary Round (6 – 8 August 1936)

Group A (6 – 8 August 1936)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GER200451–1
2HUN10127–24
3USA00203–36

Match #106 Aug 17:15GER 22 – 0HUN
Match #207 Aug 17:20HUN 7 – 2USA
Match #308 Aug 17:15GER 29 – 1USA

Group B (6 – 8 August 1936)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1AUT200432–6
2SUI101211–20
3ROU00209–26

Match #106 Aug 17:15AUT 18 – 3ROU
Match #207 Aug 17:15SUI 8 – 6ROU
Match #308 Aug 17:15AUT 14 – 3SUI

Final Round (10 – 14 August 1936)

Medal round.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1GER300645–18
2AUT201428–23
3SUI102222–32
4HUN003018–40

Match #110 Aug 16:00GER 19 – 6HUN
Match #210 Aug 18:00AUT 11 – 6SUI
Match #312 Aug 15:00AUT 11 – 7HUN
Match #412 Aug 17:00GER 16 – 6SUI
Match #514 Aug 15:00SUI 10 – 5HUN
Match #614 Aug 16:50GER 10 – 6AUT
Match 5/610 Aug 11:00ROU 10 – 3USA

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