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Handball, Women

Date20 – 28 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationCentre Claude-Robillard, Montréal, Québec / Pavillon de l'Éducation Physique et des Sports de l'Université Laval, Québec, Québec / Palais des Sports, Sherbrooke, Québec
Participants82 from 6 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament.

Four of the six participating teams came from the 1975 World Championships, in which the DDR had beaten host nation USSR, with Hungary and Romania following suit. These four were completed by the host nation (Canada) and Japan, which won a tournament with African and American teams.

While a round-robin only competition, the draw of the tournament was matched with the teams’ abilities. After four rounds, the Soviets had won all four matches, but could still lose the gold if they lost to East Germany. Similarly, the bronze medal was to be decided between Hungary and Romania - Hungary could even earn a silver if both matches would turn out to be a high-scoring affair.

The unofficial “final” started well for the Soviets, leading all the way to the half-time signal, with the score 7-5. But the East German women started the second half strongly, and pulled ahead 8-7. With the match in the balance, the DDR team likely lost it on penalty shots, missing important opportunities at 8-8 and 9-10. The final score was 14-11. The star Soviet player was Zinaïda Turchyna, scoring half of her team’s goals in this match. A veteran on the team, she was married to the team coach, Igor Turchyn. The best scoring player on the German side was Roswitha Krause, with four. She was also the only player in the event to win her second Olympic medal. Back in 1968 she had competed in swimming, and had claimed a silver medal with the East German 4 x 100 m freestyle relay squad.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Soviet UnionURSGold
Nataliya SherstyukLyubov BerezhnayaZinaïda TurchynaTatyana MakaretsLyudmila BobrusLarysa KarlovaAldona ČesaitytėMariya LitoshenkoTetiana HlushchenkoLyudmila ShubinaHalyna ZakharovaNina LobovaLiudmyla PanchukRafiga Shabanova
2East GermanyGDRSilver
Hannelore ZoberEvelyn MatzRoswitha KrauseChristina RostPetra UhligMarion TietzKristina RichterWaltraud KretzschmarGabriele BadorekChristina VoßSilvia SiefertEva PaskuyLiane MichaelisHannelore Burosch
3HungaryHUNBronze
Ágota BujdosóBorbála Tóth HarsányiKatalin Tóth Harsányi-LakiAmália SterbinszkyIlona NagyKlára Horváth-CsikRozália Tomann-LelkesMária Vanya-VadászErzsébet NémethÉva AngyalMarianna NagyZsuzsa PethőMárta Pacsai-MegyeriMária Berzsenyi
4RomaniaROU
Constantina PițigoiCristina PetroviciViorica IonicăDoina CojocaruDoina FurcoiElisabeta IonescuGeorgeta LăcustăIuliana HobincuMagdalena MikloșMaria BosiMaria LackovicsNiculina SasuRozalia ȘoșSimona Arghir
5JapanJPN
Eiko KawadaEmiko YamashitaHiroko KosaharaHitomi MatsushitaKuriko KomoriMihoko HozumiMikiko KatoNanami KinoNatsue ShimadaShoko WadaTerumi KurataTokuko Kubo
6CanadaCAN
Danielle ChenardDenise LemaireFrancine Boulay-ParizeauHélène TétreaultJoanes RailJohanne ValoisLouise BeaumontLouise HurtubiseLucie BalthazarManon CharetteMariette HouleMonique Prud'hommeNicole GenierNicole Robert

Round Robin (20 – 28 July 1976)

Match #1 HUN 25 – 18JPN
Match #2 URS 21 – 3CAN
Match #3 GDR 18 – 12ROU
Match #4 URS 14 – 8ROU
Match #5 GDR 24 – 10JPN
Match #6 HUN 24 – 3CAN
Match #7 GDR 29 – 4CAN
Match #8 ROU 21 – 20JPN
Match #9 URS 12 – 9HUN
Match #10 ROU 17 – 11CAN
Match #11 GDR 7 – 7HUN
Match #12 URS 31 – 9JPN
Match #13 JPN 15 – 14CAN
Match #14 HUN 20 – 15ROU
Match #15 URS 14 – 11GDR