| Event type

Handball, Women

Date20 – 28 July 1976
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.

1Soviet UnionURS5001092–40Gold
2East GermanyGDR311789–47Silver

Round Robin (20 – 28 July 1976)

Match #120 Jul 17:30HUN 25 – 18JPN
Match #220 Jul 17:30URS 21 – 3CAN
Match #320 Jul 17:30GDR 18 – 12ROU
Match #422 Jul 17:30URS 14 – 8ROU
Match #522 Jul 17:30GDR 24 – 10JPN
Match #622 Jul 17:30HUN 24 – 3CAN
Match #724 Jul 17:30GDR 29 – 4CAN
Match #824 Jul 17:30ROU 21 – 20JPN
Match #924 Jul 17:30URS 12 – 9HUN
Match #1026 Jul 17:30ROU 17 – 11CAN
Match #1126 Jul 17:30GDR 7 – 7HUN
Match #1226 Jul 17:30URS 31 – 9JPN
Match #1328 Jul 12:00JPN 15 – 14CAN
Match #1428 Jul 13:15HUN 20 – 15ROU
Match #1528 Jul 14:30URS 14 – 11GDR


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