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Handball, Men

Date31 July – 11 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Forum, Inglewood, California / Titan Gym, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, California
Participants177 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Six teams qualified directly from the 1982 World Championships. Champion USSR, third-placed Poland and sixth-ranked GDR, however, did not show up in Los Angeles, having joined the Communist Bloc boycott of the Games. They were joined by European qualifiers Hungary and Czechoslovakia (9th and 10th at the 1982 Worlds), as well as Americas qualifier Cuba (13th). They were replaced by West Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Spain and Iceland. Of the teams competing, Yugoslavia, losers of the last World Championship final, were favored for the gold. Contenders were Romania (which did not join the boycott), Denmark (fourth at the Worlds) and West Germany, a former World Champion (1978).

In Group A, Yugoslavia suffered an early set-back in the first match, drawing (22-22) against puny Iceland, having led the game 21-16. They recovered and beat Japan, Algeria and Switzerland. The final pool encounter would decide whether Romania or Yugoslavia would go into the final. Romania was ahead almost the entire match, until the Yugoslavs pulled ahead with a penalty shot netted by Mile Isaković in the final minute of the game. In the other pool, the West Germans and the Danes were the teams to beat. They met in the final pool match, having both won all of their prior matches. The West Germans were helped by Sepp Wunderlich, who scored nine times for a 20-18 victory by Germany.

The teams competing in the final were both coached by medallists from 1972. Yugoslavia’s coach Branislav Pokrajac had won the gold back in 1972, while Romania’s Simion Schobel coached the Federal Republic of Germany. The final was a close affair, the teams remaining in balance through 15-15. The Yugoslavs then scored three times in a row. Germany kept alive, scored twice to 18-17 with less than half a minute remaining, but Yugoslavia sat out the remainder of the match. West Germany’s silver medal meant the first handball medal won by a team outside of Eastern Europe.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YugoslaviaYUG51011141–93Gold
2West GermanyFRG50110131–113Silver
3RomaniaROU50110143–110Bronze
4DenmarkDEN4028134–122
5SwedenSWE4028145–134
6IcelandISL3127126–122
7SwitzerlandSUI3036101–119
8SpainESP2044122–124
9United StatesUSA1143115–116
10JapanJPN1052100–141
11Republic of KoreaKOR1143148–178
12AlgeriaALG006096–130

Preliminary Round (31 July – 8 August 1984)

Round-robin pools.

Group A (31 July – 8 August 1984)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1YUG4109123–76
2ROU4018120–91
3ISL3117102–96
4SUI203483–102
5JPN104284–117
6ALG005075–105

Match #131 Jul 18:30ISL 22 – 22YUG
Match #231 Jul 18:30SUI 20 – 13JPN
Match #331 Jul 20:00ROU 25 – 16ALG
Match #402 Aug 11:00YUG 32 – 15JPN
Match #502 Aug 18:30ROU 26 – 17ISL
Match #602 Aug 20:00SUI 19 – 18ALG
Match #704 Aug 11:00ISL 21 – 17JPN
Match #804 Aug 18:30ROU 23 – 17SUI
Match #904 Aug 20:00YUG 25 – 10ALG
Match #1006 Aug 11:00ROU 28 – 22JPN
Match #1106 Aug 18:30ISL 19 – 15ALG 1
Match #1206 Aug 20:00YUG 25 – 11SUI
Match #1308 Aug 11:00ISL 23 – 16SUI
Match #1408 Aug 18:30YUG 19 – 18ROU
Match #1508 Aug 20:00JPN 17 – 16ALG

Group B (31 July – 8 August 1984)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1FRG50010114–95
2DEN4018115–99
3SWE3026119–110
4ESP2034105–106
5USA014191–100
6KOR0141123–157

Match #131 Jul 11:00SWE 36 – 23KOR
Match #231 Jul 11:00DEN 21 – 16ESP
Match #331 Jul 20:00FRG 21 – 19USA
Match #402 Aug 11:00DEN 31 – 28KOR
Match #502 Aug 18:30FRG 18 – 16ESP 2
Match #602 Aug 20:00SWE 21 – 18USA 3
Match #704 Aug 11:00ESP 31 – 25KOR
Match #804 Aug 18:30FRG 18 – 17SWE
Match #904 Aug 20:00DEN 419 – 16USA
Match #1006 Aug 11:00FRG 37 – 25KOR
Match #1106 Aug 12:30DEN 26 – 19SWE
Match #1206 Aug 20:00ESP 17 – 16USA
Match #1308 Aug 11:00FRG 520 – 18DEN
Match #1408 Aug 18:30SWE 26 – 25ESP
Match #1508 Aug 20:00KOR 22 – 22USA

Final Round (10 – 11 August 1984)

Medal round.

Match 1/211 Aug 15:30YUG 18 – 17FRG
Match 3/411 Aug 14:00ROU 23 – 19DEN
Match 5/610 Aug 12:30SWE 26 – 24ISL
Match 7/810 Aug 11:00SUI 18 – 17ESP
Match 9/1010 Aug 20:00USA 24 – 16JPN
Match 11/1210 Aug 18:30KOR 25 – 21ALG

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