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Handball, Men

Date20 September – 1 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationChe-yuk-gwan, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul / Su-won Sil-nae Che-yuk-gwan, Suwon
Participants170 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The top six nations of the 1986 World Championships qualified directly for Seoul 1988. First among them was the defending champion Yugoslavia, followed by Hungary, DDR, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. The Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia disappointed at that tournament, but were able to secure a spot at the B World Championships the next year. The field was completed by host nation South Korea, and continental representatives Algeria (Africa), Japan (Asia) and the USA (Americas).

Despite their poor qualifying, the Soviets safely navigated through the prelims. After holding off Yugoslavia and Sweden, the squad was virtually certain of the final, especially when Iceland held Yugoslavia to an unexpected 19-19 draw. In pool B, the host nation caused an upset. South Korea competed at its first World Championships in 1986, placing an unremarkable 12th. In its first three matches, however, it held off Hungary (1986 Worlds runners-up), East Germany (bronze at the Worlds) and Czechoslovakia in close matches. Helped enormously by the tournament’s eventual top scorer Gang Jae-Won, the Koreans defeat at the hands of Spain turned out to be meaningless.

But the Soviet Union was one step too far for the Korean hosts, outclassing them 17-11 in the first half. A rally right after half-time brought them back to 20-19, but that was as close as they would get. Their opponents ran away to win comfortably: 32-25. For the first time since 1972 the Olympic handball champion won all of its matches.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPtsGoals
1Soviet UnionURS60012162–107Gold
2Republic of KoreaKOR4028152–149Silver
3YugoslaviaYUG4119143–132Bronze
4HungaryHUN3036125–120
5SwedenSWE4028133–109
6CzechoslovakiaTCH3036127–130
7East GermanyGDR4028140–129
8IcelandISL2135125–133
9SpainESP3036122–121
10AlgeriaALG1052104–130
11JapanJPN1052121–147
12United StatesUSA0060102–149

Preliminary Round (20 – 28 September 1988)

Group A (20 – 28 September 1988)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1URS50010130–82
2YUG3117116–109
3SWE3026106–91
4ISL212596–102
5ALG104289–109
6USA005081–125

Match #120 Sep 11:30URS 24 – 18YUG
Match #220 Sep 14:00SWE 21 – 18ALG
Match #320 Sep 18:00ISL 22 – 15USA
Match #422 Sep 10:00YUG 31 – 23USA
Match #522 Sep 14:00URS 22 – 18SWE
Match #622 Sep 18:00ISL 22 – 16ALG
Match #724 Sep 10:00YUG 23 – 22ALG
Match #824 Sep 14:00SWE 20 – 14ISL
Match #924 Sep 18:00URS 26 – 14USA
Match #1026 Sep 10:00YUG 19 – 19ISL
Match #1126 Sep 14:00SWE 26 – 12USA
Match #1226 Sep 18:00URS 26 – 13ALG
Match #1328 Sep 10:00ALG 20 – 17USA
Match #1428 Sep 14:00URS 32 – 19ISL
Match #1528 Sep 18:00YUG 25 – 21SWE

Group B (20 – 28 September 1988)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1KOR4018127–117
2HUN3026102–93
3TCH3026109–103
4GDR3026109–100
5ESP2034101–106
6JPN005097–126

Match #120 Sep 10:00KOR 22 – 20HUN
Match #220 Sep 15:30GDR 25 – 18JPN
Match #320 Sep 19:30TCH 20 – 17ESP
Match #422 Sep 11:30TCH 19 – 16HUN
Match #522 Sep 15:30KOR 23 – 22GDR
Match #622 Sep 19:30ESP 25 – 19JPN
Match #724 Sep 11:30HUN 22 – 19JPN
Match #824 Sep 15:30GDR 21 – 20ESP
Match #924 Sep 19:30KOR 29 – 28TCH
Match #1026 Sep 11:30HUN 26 – 16ESP
Match #1126 Sep 15:30GDR 24 – 21TCH
Match #1226 Sep 19:30KOR 33 – 24JPN
Match #1328 Sep 11:30TCH 21 – 17JPN
Match #1428 Sep 15:30ESP 23 – 20KOR
Match #1528 Sep 19:30HUN 18 – 17GDR

Final Round (30 September – 1 October 1988)

Medal round.

Match 1/201 Oct 17:30URS 32 – 25KOR
Match 3/401 Oct 16:00YUG 27 – 23HUN
Match 5/630 Sep 15:30SWE 27 – 18TCH
Match 7/830 Sep 14:00GDR 31 – 29
AET, 3-1 PS
ISL
Match 9/1030 Sep 11:30ESP 21 – 15ALG
Match 11/1230 Sep 10:00JPN 24 – 21USA

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