| Event type

Handball, Women

Date1 – 9 August 1984
LocationTitan Gym, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, California
Participants82 from 6 countries
FormatRound-robin tournament.

The 1982 World Championships had ended with the Soviet Union beating out host nation Hungary, with Yugoslavia taking the bronze. These three squads qualified directly for the Olympics, supplemented with the host nation (US), the best European qualifier (East Germany, also #4 at the 1982 Worlds) and China as the winner of the Africa/Americas/Asia qualification tournament. As the USSR, GDR and Hungary refused to play in Los Angeles, they were replaced, with South Korea (sixth at the Worlds), West Germany (ninth) and Austria (eighth at the 1983 B World Championships) taking their places. This left Yugoslavia the overwhelming favorite for the title.

The first match for Yugoslavia did not yet display this potential, as they beat West Germany by only a single goal (20-19). After that things went easier for them and they won the next two matches. Their fourth match was effectively the “final”. They played South Korea, the second-ranked team with two wins and one loss. A win for Yugoslavia would guarantee the gold medal, which they managed, 29-23. They were helped by eight goals from Jasna Kolar-Merdan, who would tally up 48 goals in the entire tournament, including a record 17 in the 33-20 battering of the home team.

Despite their loss against Yugoslavia, the Koreans held on to win the silver medal, soundly beating West Germany in the final match 26-17, through 16 goals by Yun Byeong-Sun. This defeat cost the West Germans a medal, the bronze now going to China. The two medals for the Asian nations also marked the first time a non-European nation medalled in handball at the Olympics.

2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
3People's Republic of ChinaCHNBronze
4West GermanyFRG
5United StatesUSA


Date1 – 9 August 1984
FormatRound-robin pool.
Match #101 Aug 18:30Republic of KoreaKOR23 – 22AustriaAUT
Match #201 Aug 20:00YugoslaviaYUG20 – 19West GermanyFRG
Match #301 Aug 21:30United StatesUSA25 – 22People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #403 Aug 18:30YugoslaviaYUG30 – 15AustriaAUT
Match #503 Aug 20:00People's Republic of ChinaCHN20 – 19West GermanyFRG
Match #603 Aug 21:30Republic of KoreaKOR29 – 27United StatesUSA
Match #705 Aug 18:30West GermanyFRG18 – 17AustriaAUT
Match #805 Aug 20:00People's Republic of ChinaCHN24 – 24Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #905 Aug 21:30YugoslaviaYUG33 – 20United StatesUSA
Match #1007 Aug 18:30People's Republic of ChinaCHN21 – 16AustriaAUT
Match #1107 Aug 20:00YugoslaviaYUG29 – 23Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #1207 Aug 21:30West GermanyFRG18 – 17United StatesUSA
Match #1309 Aug 18:30United StatesUSA25 – 21AustriaAUT
Match #1409 Aug 20:00Republic of KoreaKOR26 – 17West GermanyFRG
Match #1509 Aug 21:30YugoslaviaYUG31 – 25People's Republic of ChinaCHN