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Handball, Women

Date21 – 29 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationDvorets sporta Dynamo, Moskva / Dvorets sporta Sokolniki, Mosvka
Participants82 from 6 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament.

The top four of the 1978 worlds (DDR, USSR, Hungary, Czechslovakia) plus the host nation (5th place Yugoslavia substituted for the Soviets) were pre-qualified. The sixth nation was decided in a tournament between South Korea, Congo-Brazzaville and the US. The South Koreans won, but as they ended up boycotting the Games, second-placed Congo was promoted to the Olympics. The African side turned out to be horribly outmatched by the other five competitors. They lost all five games, scoring only 9.2 goals per game, while having to deal with an average 31.8 goals against. Their loss against Yugoslavia (9-39), stands out as the most lopsided women’s match in Olympic history, second only to the 44-10 thrashing of Kuwait in the men’s competition in Moscow.

The East German women were favored because they had won the 1978 world title (as well as in 1971 and 1975), but they first faltered in a draw with Yugoslavia (15-15). Pitted against the Soviets in the final match, they could still win the tournament if they could claim a victory, similar to the 1976 Olympics. But there was no chance of that happening. The Soviets, who had solidly won all their prior matches, led 7-6 at half-time and then moved away from their opponents to win 18-13. Woman of the match was Olha Zubareva, who scored eight times.

This meant Yugoslavia and East Germany were equal in points, and because they had drawn in their match, goal difference would decide. The Yugoslav women ended with the aforementioned wash-out of Congo, brushing up their goal difference to +40, which beat the +33 advantage of the German women, who had “only” beaten Congo by 22 points.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Soviet UnionURSGold
Nataliya Sherstiuk-TymoshkinaLyubov OdinokovaZinaïda TurchynaTatyana KocherginaLyudmila PoradnikLarysa KarlovaAldona NenėnienėIryna PalchykovaLarisa SavkinaYuliya SafinaOlha ZubarevaValentyna LutaievaSigita Strečen-Mažeikaitė
2YugoslaviaYUGSilver
Ana TitlićSlavica JeremićZorica VojinovićRadmila DrljačaKatica IlešMirjana OgnjenovićSvetlana AnastasovskiRada SavićSvetlana KitićMirjana ĐuricaBiserka VišnjićVesna RadovićJasna MerdanVesna Milošević
3East GermanyGDRBronze
Hannelore ZoberEvelyn MatzRoswitha KrauseChristina RostPetra UhligMarion TietzKristina RichterWaltraud KretzschmarKatrin KrügerClaudia WunderlichSabine RötherKornelia KunischBirgit HeineckeRenate Rudolph
4HungaryHUN
Amália SterbinszkyErzsébet BaloghErzsébet Németh-CsajbókÉva AngyalÉva CsulikGyörgyi Őri-GyőrváriIlona Samus-MihálykaKlára BonyhádiKlára Horváth-CsikMária BerzsenyiMária Vanya-VadászMarianna Nagy-GódorPiroska BudaiRozália Tomann-Lelkes
5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Alena HoralováDaniela NovákováElena BoledovičováElena BrezányováJana KuťkováJolana NémethováKatarína LamrichováMária KončekováMilena Foltýnová-GschiesslPetra KomínkováPriska PolačekováVěra DatínskáViola Pavlasová
6CongoCGO
Angelik AbebameGermaine DjimbiHenriette KoulaIsabelle AzangaJulienne MalakiMadeleine MitsotsoMicheline OkembaNicole ObaPascaline BobekaPemba LopezSolange KoulinkaViviane OkoulaYolande Kada-GangoYvonne Makouala

Round Robin (21 – 29 July 1980)

Match #1 URS 30 – 11CGO
Match #2 GDR 16 – 10TCH
Match #3 YUG 19 – 10HUN
Match #4 URS 17 – 7TCH
Match #5 HUN 39 – 10CGO
Match #6 GDR 15 – 15YUG
Match #7 URS 16 – 12HUN
Match #8 GDR 28 – 6CGO
Match #9 YUG 25 – 15TCH
Match #10 URS 18 – 9YUG
Match #11 TCH 23 – 10CGO
Match #12 GDR 19 – 9HUN
Match #13 YUG 39 – 9CGO
Match #14 HUN 10 – 10TCH
Match #15 URS 18 – 13GDR