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Handball, Men

Date16 – 30 September 2000
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Dome and Exhibition Complex, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales / The Dome and Exhibition Complex, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants177 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The first seven teams of the 1999 World Championships in Egypt qualified, headed by champions Sweden and followed by Russia, Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia), Spain, Germany, France and Egypt. Continental qualifiers Tunisia, South Korea, Cuba, Slovenia and host nation Australia completed the field. The defending Olympic champion, Croatia, only came 10th at the World Championships. At the European Championships in January 2000, held in Croatia, they lost a dramatic play-off for 5th place and an Olympic ticket to their neighbours Slovenia, 25-24.

All seven European nations qualified for the quarter-finals, where they were joined by Egypt. The finalists of the 1999 Worlds, Russia and Sweden progressed with relative ease in both quarter-finals and semi-finals. In the final, the Swedes went into the break with a 14-13 lead. In the second half, the Russians rallied from 16-14 behind to 21-16 ahead, with thanks to various saves from goalie Andrey Lavrov. The Swedes managed to slightly close the gap, but never again levelled with the Russians, eventually losing 28-26. It was a disappointing loss for the Swedes, as it marked their third consecutive silver medal. The Russians won their first medal as an independent nation, but goalkeeper Lavrov became the first handball player to win three Olympic gold medals, having earlier played for the Soviet Union (1988) and the Unified Team (1992). In Athens, he would add a bronze medal to his collection.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1Russian FederationRUSGold
Aleksandr TuchkinAndrey LavrovDenis KrivoshlykovDmitry FilippovDmitry KuzelevDmitry TorgovanovEduard KoksharovIgor LavrovLev VoroninOleg KhodkovPavel SukosyanSergey PogorelovStanislav KulinchenkoVasily KudinovVyacheslav Gorpishin
2SwedenSWESilver
Andreas LarssonJohan PetterssonLjubomir VranjesMagnus AnderssonMagnus WislanderMartin BoquistMartin FrändesjöMathias FranzénOla LindgrenPeter GentzelPierre ThorssonStaffan OlssonStefan LövgrenTomas SivertssonTomas Svensson
3SpainESPBronze
Alberto UrdialesAndrei XepkinAntonio OrtegaAntonio UgaldeDavid BarrufetDemetrio LozanoEnric MassipIñaki UrdangarínJosu OlallaJordi NúñezJuancho PérezMateo GarraldaRafael GuijosaTalant DuyshebayevXavier O'Callaghan
4YugoslaviaSCG
Aleksandar KneževićArpad ŠterbikDejan PerićDragan ŠkrbićGoran ĐukanovićIgor ButulijaIvan LapčevićNebojša GolićNedeljko JovanovićNenad PeruničićPetar KapisodaRatko NikolićRatko ĐurkovićVladan MatićŽikica Milosavljević
5GermanyGER
Bernd RoosBogdan WentaChristian SchwarzerDaniel StephanFlorian KehrmannFrank von BehrenHenning FritzJan HolpertJörg KunzeKlaus-Dieter PetersenMarkus BaurMike BezdicekStefan KretzschmarSven LakenmacherVolker Zerbe
6FranceFRA
Andrej GolićBertrand GilleBruno MartiniCédric BurdetChristian GaudinDidier DinartGrégory AnquetilGuéric KervadecGuillaume GilleJackson RichardsonJérôme FernandezMarc WiltbergerOlivier GiraultPatrick CazalStéphane Joulin
7EgyptEGY
Ahmed BelalAmro El-GeioushyAshraf Mabrouk AwaadAyman El-AlfyHany El-FakharanyHazem AwaadSaber HusseinHussain SaidHussain ZakyMagdy Abou El-MagdHamada Bakir El-NakibGohar NabilSherif MoemenMarwan RagabMohamed Sharaf El-Din
8SloveniaSLO
Aleš PajovičAndrej KastelicBeno LapajneBranko BedekovičGregor CvijičIztok PucJani LikavečRenato VugrinecRoman PungartnikRolando PušnikTettey BanfroTomaž TomšičUroš ŠerbecZoran JovičičZoran Lubej
9Republic of KoreaKOR
Jo Beom-YeonJo Chi-HyoChoi Hyeon-HoHong Gi-IlGang Il-GuLee Jae-ULee Seok-HyeongMun Byeong-UkBaek Won-CheolPark Jeong-JinPark Min-CheolPark Seong-RipYun Gyeong-MinYun Gyeong-Sin
10TunisiaTUN
Ali MadiAnouar AyedDhaker SebouiHaikel MeguennemIssam TejMakrem JerouMohamed MadiMohamed MessaoudiMohamed Riadh SanaaOualid Ben AmorOuissem BousninaOuissem HmamSlim ZehaniSobhi Sioud
11CubaCUB
Amauris CárdenasDamián CuestaDiego WongFélix RomeroFreddy SuárezJosé HernándezJuan GonzálezLuis SilveiraMiguel MontesMisael IglesiasOdael MarcosRaúl HardyRolando UríosYunier Noris
12AustraliaAUS
Brendon TaylorCristian BajanDarryl McCormackDavid GonzalezDragan SesticKarim ShehabKristian GroenintwoudLee SchofieldMilan SlavujevicPeter BachRajan PavlovicRussell GarnettSasa SesticTaip RamadaniVernon Cheung

Preliminary Round (16 – 24 September 2000)

Group A (16 – 24 September 2000)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Russian FederationRUS4018129121
2GermanyGER3117128113
3YugoslaviaSCG3026130127
4EgyptEGY3026122115
5Republic of KoreaKOR1133128131
6CubaCUB0050128158

Match #1 GER 30 – 22CUB
Match #2 SCG 25 – 24KOR
Match #3 RUS 22 – 21EGY
Match #4 GER 24 – 24KOR
Match #5 SCG 25 – 22EGY
Match #6 RUS 31 – 26CUB
Match #7 RUS 26 – 24KOR
Match #8 EGY 29 – 26CUB
Match #9 GER 28 – 22SCG
Match #10 EGY 28 – 21KOR
Match #11 SCG 33 – 26CUB
Match #12 GER 25 – 23RUS
Match #13 KOR 35 – 28CUB
Match #14 EGY 22 – 21GER
Match #15 RUS 27 – 25SCG

Group B (16 – 24 September 2000)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1SwedenSWE50010155121
2FranceFRA3117120104
3SpainESP3026144126
4SloveniaSLO2125137127
5TunisiaTUN1042111117
6AustraliaAUS0050106178

Match #1 FRA 24 – 24SLO
Match #2 ESP 24 – 22TUN
Match #3 SWE 44 – 23AUS
Match #4 FRA 20 – 17TUN
Match #5 ESP 39 – 23AUS
Match #6 SWE 32 – 30SLO
Match #7 SWE 27 – 18TUN
Match #8 SLO 33 – 20AUS
Match #9 FRA 25 – 23ESP
Match #10 TUN 34 – 24AUS
Match #11 ESP 31 – 28SLO
Match #12 SWE 24 – 23FRA
Match #13 SLO 22 – 20TUN
Match #14 FRA 28 – 16AUS
Match #15 SWE 28 – 27ESP

Quarter-Finals (26 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 RUS 33 – 22SLO
Match #2 ESP 27 – 26GER
Match #3 SCG 26 – 21FRA
Match #4 SWE 27 – 23EGY

Classification Round 5-8 (29 September 2000)

Classification matches.

Match #1 FRA 29 – 22SLO
Match #2 GER 24 – 18EGY

Semi-Finals (29 September 2000)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 RUS 29 – 26SCG
Match #2 SWE 32 – 25ESP

Final Round (26 – 30 September 2000)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 RUS 28 – 26SWE
Match 3/4 ESP 26 – 22SCG
Match 5/6 GER 25 – 22FRA
Match 7/8 EGY 34 – 28SLO
Match 9/10 KOR 24 – 19TUN
Match 11/12 CUB 26 – 24AUS