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Handball, Women

Date26 July – 3 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants118 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

After two Olympic titles in 1988 and 1992, South Korea also won its first world title in 1995, making the Asian squad the clear favorite for the Atlanta Games. At the ‘95 worlds, the first four teams qualified directly, which apart from the Koreans were Hungary, Denmark and Norway. United States (Americas/host nation), China (Asia), Angola (Africa) and Germany (Europe) completed the field.

Group A had Denmark and Hungary as favorites for the semi-finals, and they duly qualified. The Danes clearly beat the Hungarians to determine the pool ranking, the 1994 European Champions winning from the runners-up at the 1995 World Championships 27-22. In the other pool, South Korea cruised through, humiliating Germany (33-20) and comfortably beating Angola and Norway. The Norwegian women, silver medallists behind the South Koreans in 1988 and 1992, placed second.

The first semifinal was a Scandinavian fight, Denmark facing Norway. A year earlier, the Danes had defeated Norway for bronze at the World Championships, and again the Norwegians drew the shortest straw. Although the 23-19 scoreline suggested a fairly close match, the Norwegians underperformed and had to rely on their goalie (Heidi Tjugum) to prevent a larger defeat. The Hungarians, playing Korea in the other semi, had no such luck. Korea went all out and thrashed Hungary 39-25.

The final was an exciting spectacle, attended by vocal crowds of fans from both teams. Korea took command in the first half, leading 17-13 at half time. Denmark, with star player Anja Andersen at the helm, regrouped in the second part and slowly drew closer. With six seconds left on the clock, Andersen was fouled. A consistent penalty taker, Andersen took the shot herself. But Oh Yeong-Ran, the Korean goalkeeper, blocked the shot with her right foot, and the game went into overtime. Remarkably, Denmark was not shattered by the missed penalty shot, and they got out of the blocks with three unanswered goals. They held on to this lead in the 10 minutes of overtime, emerging victorious with 37-33. Denmark took the gold medal in its first Olympic appearance, which had not happened since the introduction of the women’s sport in 1976.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1DenmarkDENGold
Anja AndersenCamilla AndersenHeidi AstrupTina BøttzauMarianne FlormanConny HamannAnja Byrial HansenAnette HoffmannTonje KjærgaardJanne KollingSusanne Munk LauritsenGitte MadsenLene RantalaGitte SunesenAnne Dorthe Tanderup
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Jo Eun-HuiHan Seon-HuiHong Jeong-HoKim Jeong-SimKim Eun-MiKim Jeong-MiKim Mi-SimKim RangLee Sang-EunIm Oh-GyeongMun Hyang-JaOh Seong-OkOh Yeong-RanPark Jeong-RimGwak Hye-JeongHeo Sun-Yeong
3HungaryHUNBronze
Anikó MekszBeatrix KökényAndrea FarkasAnikó KántorAnikó NagyAnna SzántóBeáta HoffmannBeatrix TóthBeáta SitiErzsébet KocsisEszter MátéfiÉva ErdősHelga NémethIldikó PádárKatalin SzilágyiAuguszta Mátyás
4NorwayNOR
Heidi TjugumTonje LarsenKjersti GriniKristine DuvholtSusann GoksørKari SolemMona DahleAnn-Cathrin EriksenHege KvitsandTrine HaltvikKristine MoldestadAnnette SkotvollMette DavidsenSahra HausmannHilde Østbø
5People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Che ZhihongChen BangpingChen HaiyunCong YanxiaLi JianfangShi WeiWang TaoYu GeliZhai ChaoZhang LiZhang LimeiZhao Ying
6GermanyGER
Andrea BölkBianca UrbankeTine LindemannCsilla ElekesEike BramEmilia LucaEva Kiss-GyöriFranziska HeinzGrit JurackHeike MurrweissMarlies WaelzerMelanie SchlieckerMichaela ErlerMichaela SchanzeMiroslava Ritskiavitchius
7AngolaANG
Anica NetoMaria GonçalvesFilomena TrindadeDomingas CordeiroMaura FaialAña Bela JoaquimLili WebbaPalmira de AlmeidaLuzia María BizerraJustina PraçaLia PauloMária EduardoElisa Peres
8United StatesUSA
Dawn AllingerPat NederSharon CainKim ClarkeLaura CoenenKristen DanihyJennifer Demby-HortonLisa EagenLaurie FellnerChryssandra HiresTami JamesonToni JamesonDannette LeiningerDawn MarpleCarol PeterkaCheryl Abplanalp

Preliminary Round (26 – 30 July 1996)

Group A (26 – 30 July 1996)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1DenmarkDEN30068962
2HungaryHUN20148170
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN10227183
4United StatesUSA00306490

Match #1 HUN 29 – 19CHN
Match #2 DEN 29 – 19USA
Match #3 DEN 33 – 21CHN
Match #4 HUN 30 – 24USA
Match #5 DEN 27 – 22HUN
Match #6 CHN 31 – 21USA

Group B (26 – 30 July 1996)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Republic of KoreaKOR30068360
2NorwayNOR20147966
3GermanyGER10227073
4AngolaANG00304982

Match #1 NOR 30 – 18ANG
Match #2 KOR 33 – 20GER
Match #3 KOR 25 – 19ANG
Match #4 NOR 28 – 23GER
Match #5 GER 27 – 12ANG
Match #6 KOR 25 – 21NOR

Semi-Finals (1 August 1996)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 DEN 23 – 19NOR
Match #2 KOR 39 – 25HUN

Final Round (1 – 3 August 1996)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 DEN 37 – 33KOR
Match 3/4 HUN 20 – 18NOR
Match 5/6 CHN 28 – 26GER
Match 7/8 ANG 24 – 23USA