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Handball, Women

Date21 – 29 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationSu-won Sil-nae Che-yuk-gwan, Suwon
Participants111 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The women’s field now consisted of eight teams for the first time. This still did not guarantee a very broad field of top nations, as three spots were reserved for continental champions (China, Ivory Coast and the US), and one for the host nation (South Korea). The remaining four places were earned at the 1986 World Championships (Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Norway) and the 1987 B World Championships (Yugoslavia).

The South Koreans had been in preparation for the tournament for years, training under isolated, Spartan conditions. This had not yet resulted in fame at the 1986 Worlds (12th), but paid off at the Olympics. They started off with a win against Czechoslovakia, but subsequently lost to Yugoslavia. Their win against the US secured Korea’s spot in the final pool, but they would carry their lost match into the final pool. In the other group, Norway and the USSR easily held off China and Ivory Coast, and drew 19-19 to both qualify for the next round.

In that tense final group, the Soviets first defeated Yugoslavia, while Korea beat Norway. This meant three teams were still in a position to win the gold, and even Norway could still claim the silver medal. The Norwegian women pulled away from Yugoslavia 20-15, meaning they had secured at least a bronze. The unofficial final match between South Korea and the USSR was sold out, filled with enthusiastic Korean supporters. The agile Koreans pulled up to a 16-12 lead, but saw it disappear as the Soviets scored five times in a row to take the lead, 17-16. In a last-ditch effort, the hosts managed to come back in to the game, winning it 21-19 in front of an ecstatic crowd. The Soviet women fell back to third, as the Norwegian team claimed its first Olympic medal in the sport.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Republic of KoreaKORGold
Han Hyeon-SukKim Mi-SukKim Chun-RyeKim Hyeon-MiKim Gyeong-SunLee Gi-SunIm Mi-GyeongSon Mi-NaSong Ji-HyeonSeok Min-HuiSeong Gyeong-HwaKim Myeong-Sun
2NorwayNORSilver
Vibeke JohnsenCathrine SvendsenHeidi SundalHanne HeghHanne HognessKarin SingstadTrine HaltvikBerit DigreIngrid SteenKarin PettersenAnnette SkotvollKristin MidthunMarte EliassonKjerstin Andersen
3Soviet UnionURSBronze
Nataliya MytriukLarysa KarlovaSvitlana MankovaZinaïda TurchynaOlha SemenovaMaryna BazanovaNataliya MorskovaYevheniya TovstohanNataliya RusnachenkoOlena NemashkaloTatyana DzhandzhgavaNataliya AnisimovaElina GusevaNataliya LapitskayaTetiana Horb
4YugoslaviaYUG
Desanka StojanovićDragana PešićDragica ĐurićLjiljana MarkovićLjiljana MugošaLjubinka JankovićMirjana ĐuricaMirjana KrstićNataša KolegaSlavica ÐukićSlavica RinčićSvetlana MičićSvetlana Mugoša-AntićSvetlana ObućinaZita Galic
5CzechoslovakiaTCH
Alena DamitšováAnna HradskáBožena MažgutováDaniela Trandžíková-NovákováGabriela SabadošováIrena TomašovičováJana StašováJúlia KolečániováLenka PospíšilováMária ĎurišinováMarie ŠmídováMarta PösováMonika HejtmánkováPetra LupačováZuzana Budayová
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Chen ZhenDai JianfenHe JianpingLi JieLi LirongLu GuanghongSun XiulanWang MingxingWang TaoXue JinhuaZhang HongZhang Weihong
7United StatesUSA
Kathy CallaghanKim ClarkeLaura CoenenSandra De La RivaMegan GallagherAmy GambleSam JonesPortia LackKaryn PalgutCarol PeterkaAngie RaynorCindy StingerPenny StoneSherry Winn
8Côte d'IvoireCIV
Adjoua N'DriAlimata DouambaBrigitte GuiguiClementine BléDounbia BahElisabeth KouassiEmilie DjomanGouna IrieHortense KonanJulienne VodoungboKoko ElleingandMahoula KramouWandou GuehiZomou Awa

Preliminary Round (21 – 25 September 1988)

Group A (21 – 25 September 1988)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Republic of KoreaKOR20147667
2YugoslaviaYUG20145858
3CzechoslovakiaTCH20148169
4United StatesUSA00305576

Match #1 KOR 33 – 27TCH
Match #2 YUG 19 – 18USA
Match #3 TCH 33 – 19USA
Match #4 YUG 22 – 19KOR
Match #5 KOR 24 – 18USA
Match #6 TCH 21 – 17YUG

Group B (21 – 25 September 1988)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Soviet UnionURS21057549
2NorwayNOR21057553
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN10227658
4Côte d'IvoireCIV003037103

Match #1 URS 24 – 19CHN
Match #2 NOR 34 – 14CIV
Match #3 URS 32 – 11CIV
Match #4 NOR 22 – 20CHN
Match #5 CHN 37 – 12CIV
Match #6 NOR 19 – 19URS

Classification Round 5-8 (27 September 1988)

Classification matches.

Match #1 CHN 31 – 22USA
Match #2 TCH 34 – 12CIV
Match #3 USA 27 – 16CIV
Match #4 TCH 26 – 21CHN

Final Round (27 September 1988)

Medal round.

Match #1 URS 18 – 15YUG
Match #2 KOR 23 – 20NOR
Match #3 NOR 20 – 15YUG
Match #4 KOR 21 – 19URS