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Handball, Women

Date30 July – 8 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPalau Sant Jordi, Barcelona / Palacio de Deportes de Granollers, Granollers
Participants113 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The top four teams of the 1990 World Championships were directly qualified for this event. But they were greatly affected by the political changes after 1990: first-placed USSR was represented by the Unified Team, while war-torn runner-up Yugoslavia was barred from competing due to the United Nations ban. East and West Germany had placed third and fourth respectively, but they now sent a combined team to the Olympics. This meant the teams having placed fifth (Austria) and sixth (Norway) were called up to compete. The other four teams were host nation Spain, Asian champion and defending Olympic champion South Korea, Nigeria (Africa) and the US (Americas).

The Unified Team and Germany easily outplayed their pool opponents and qualified for the semi-finals. In pool B, South Korea soundly beat Norway, but was then held to a draw by Austria (17-17), which featured three former medallists from Yugoslavia and the USSR (Jasna Kolar-Merdan, Natalia Rusnatchenko and Slavica Djukić). As South Korea easily won its final game, the second semi-final spot was decided directly between Norway and Austria. In a tense match, the Norwegian women came out ahead, 19-17.

Both semi-finals were close matches. Germany lost narrowly to the South Koreans (26-25), while Norway beat the Unified Team only in the dying seconds, Siri Eftedal scoring the winning goal with just 3 seconds left on the clock. Compared to these matches, the final was a boring affair. After a brief lead early on, the Norwegians were outplayed by the Koreans, much as in the first pool match. The final score, 28-21 gave Korea its second consecutive gold medal. As the Unified Team defeated Germany, the podium was essentially the same as in 1988.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Republic of KoreaKORGold
Cha Jae-GyeongHong Jeong-HoJang Ri-RaKim Hwa-SukLee Ho-YeonLee Mi-YeongIm O-GyeongMin Hye-SukMun Hyang-JaNam Eun-YeongO Seong-OkPark Jeong-RimPark Gap-Suk
2NorwayNORSilver
Mona DahleKristine DuvholtSiri EftedalHege FrøsethSusann GoksørHenriette HenriksenHanne HognessKarin PettersenTonje SagstuenAnnette SkotvollIngrid SteenHeidi SundalCathrine SvendsenHeidi Tjugum
3Unified TeamEUNBronze
Nataliya AnisimovaMaryna BazanovaSvetlana BogdanovaGalina BorzenkovaNataliya DeryuginaTatyana DzhandzhgavaTetiana HorbLyudmila GudzElina GusevaLarisa KiselyovaNataliya MorskovaGalina OnoprienkoSvetlana Pryakhina
4GermanyGER
Andrea BölkAndrea StolletzAnja KrügerBianca UrbankeBirgit WagnerCarola CiszewskiEike BramElena LeonteGabriele PalmeKerstin MühlnerMichaela ErlerRita KösterSabine AdamikSilke FittingerSilvia SchmittSybille Gruner
5AustriaAUT
Barbara StrassEdith MateiIris MorhammerJasna KolarJadranka JezKarin ProkopKerstin JönßonLiliana TopeaMarianna RáczNatalia RusnatschenkoNicole PeisslStanka BozovicSlavica DjukićTeresa Zurowski
6United StatesUSA
Sharon CainKim ClarkeLaura CoenenLaurie FellnerSam JonesPortia LackDannette LeiningerPat NederKaryn PalgutCarol PeterkaAngie RaynorBarbara SchaafCindy Stinger
7SpainESP
Amaia UgartemendíaBlanca Martín-CaleroCristina GómezDolores RuizEsperanza TerceroKarmele MakazagaEugenia SánchezMercedes FuertesMontserrat MarínMontse PuchePaloma ArranzRaquel VizcaínoRita HernándezBegoña Sánchez
8NigeriaNGR
Agustina Nkechi AbiAngela AjodoBarbara DiribeBridget Yamala EgwolosanChiaka Lauretta IhebomEunice IdausaImmaculate NwaoguJustina AkpuloJustina AnyiamMary IhediohaMary NwachukwuMary SoronadiNgozi OparaAuta Olivia SanaUzoma AzukaVictoria Umunna

Preliminary Round (30 July – 3 August 1992)

Group A (30 July – 3 August 1992)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Unified TeamEUN30067756
2GermanyGER20148661
3United StatesUSA10225576
4NigeriaNGR00305681

Match #1 GER 32 – 17NGR
Match #2 EUN 23 – 16USA
Match #3 EUN 26 – 18NGR
Match #4 GER 32 – 16USA
Match #5 USA 23 – 21NGR
Match #6 EUN 28 – 22GER

Group B (30 July – 3 August 1992)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Republic of KoreaKOR21058261
2NorwayNOR20145560
3AustriaAUT11136462
4SpainESP00305068

Match #1 AUT 20 – 16ESP
Match #2 KOR 27 – 16NOR
Match #3 NOR 20 – 16ESP
Match #4 AUT 27 – 27KOR
Match #5 NOR 19 – 17AUT
Match #6 KOR 28 – 18ESP

Semi-Finals (6 August 1992)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 NOR 24 – 23EUN
Match #2 KOR 26 – 25GER

Final Round (8 August 1992)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 KOR 28 – 21NOR
Match 3/4 EUN 24 – 20GER
Match 5/6 AUT 26 – 17USA
Match 7/8 ESP 26 – 17NGR