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Handball, Women

Date15 – 29 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationKleisto Gipedo, Olympiako Syngrotima Ellenikou, Hellinikon / Kleisto Gymnastirio Falirou, Olympiako Syngrotima Papaliakis Zonis Falirou, Faliro
Participants149 from 10 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

The 10 women’s teams qualified for the 2004 Olympics as follows – Greece as the host nation; the top five teams from the 2003 World Championships (France, Hungary, South Korea, Ukraine, Spain); the 2003 European Champion (Denmark); Brazil as the 2003 Pan American Games Champion; and the winners of the 2003 Asian and African Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (China, Angola, respectively).

During group play, which served to eliminate just two teams (Greece and Angola), the Ukrainians appeared as the strongest team, winning all their Group A matches. In the other group, Denmark and South Korea, together responsible for winning all Olympic gold medals between 1988 and 2000, tied for first place after a 29-29 tie. After four fairly close quarter-finals, the nations remaining were defending champions Denmark, Ukraine, World Champions France, and South Korea. After a close first half, the Danish women powered over Ukraine, beating them 29-20. The South Koreans started strongly against France, but saw the World Champions stage a comeback in the second half. The French scored 31-32 in the penultimate minute, but failed to score in the remaining time.

The final was thus a replay of the 1996 Olympic final, which the Danish women had won. South Korea, the 1988 and 1992 champion, was eager to regain the gold medal, and this made for an excellent handball match. After a 14-14 first half, the game fluctuated. Korea took a 19-16 lead, which was reversed into a 25-22 lead for the Danes with just five minutes on the clock. Jang So-Hui made it 25-25 with just a minute left, and the match went into overtime. In the first overtime, Korea opened up a lead (29-27), but Denmark came back to tie, 29-29. In the second overtime, Denmark pulled to 31-29, then saw Korea score four goals in a row (three by Mun Gyeong-Ha). The final minutes were insane. Katrine Fruelund scored two goals to tie the match in the very last minute, scoring a 7-m throw to make it 33-33. Kim Cha-Yeon then seemed to make the winning goal (34-33) with less than half a minute on the clock, but within 20 seconds, Fruelund once more tied the game at 34-all. Penalty shots had to decide the match. It was Danish goalie Karin Mortensen who would become the match winner, as she stopped two shots (those by Im O-Gyeong and Mun Pil-Hui), to win the shoot-out 4-2. It was Denmark’s third consecutive gold in the sport, although none of the players had been a member of all three winning teams. Ukraine ended their tournament with a victory over World Champions France to win their first Olympic handball medal, a bronze.

PosCompetitor(s)NOC
1DenmarkDENGold
Kristine AndersenKaren BrødsgaardLine DaugaardKatrine FruelundTrine JensenRikke HørlykkeLotte KiærskouHenriette MikkelsenKarin MortensenLouise Bager NørgaardRikke SchmidtRikke SkovCamilla ThomsenJosephine TourayMette Vestergaard Larsen
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Oh Yeong-RanMun Gyeong-HaU Seon-HuiHeo Sun-YeongLee Gong-JuJang So-HuiKim Hyeon-OkKim Cha-YeonOh Seong-OkIm Oh-GyeongLee Sang-EunMyeom Bok-HuiChoi Im-JeongMun Pil-HuiHeo Yeong-Suk
3UkraineUKRBronze
Nataliya BorysenkoIryna HoncharovaLarysa ZaspaHanna BurmistrovaTetiana ShynkarenkoMaryna VerheliukOlena YatsenkoHanna SiukaloOlena RadchenkoOlena TsyhytsiaHalyna MarkushevskaLiudmyla ShevchenkoNataliya LiapinaAnastasiya BorodinaOksana Raikhel
4FranceFRA
Joanne DudziakSonia Cendier AjaguinEstelle VogeinLeïla Lejeune-DuchemannSandrine DelerceMélinda JacquesNodjialem MyaroVéronique Pecqueux-RollandSophie HerbrechtStéphanie CanoIsabelle WendlingMyriam KorfantyDelphine GuehlRaphaëlle TervelValérie Nicolas
5HungaryHUN
Beáta Bohus-MegyerbíróAnita KulcsárZsuzsanna Lovász-PavlikZsuzsanna PállffyKrisztina PigniczkiEszter SitiTimea TóthÁgnes FarkasAnita GörbiczBernadett FerlingBojana RadulovicsErika KirsnerIbolya MehlmannIrina SirinaKatalin Pálinger
6SpainESP
Patricia AlonsoVanesa AmorósMaite AndreuDiana BoxSusana FraileSoraya GarcíaCristina GómezEsme LópezElizabeth LópezMarta ManguéNoelia OncinaIsabel OrtuñoSusana ParejaMontse PucheEugenia Sánchez
7BrazilBRA
Dara AlexandraMi FigueiredoFabiana KuestnerParáAlineChicôriaAna AmorimChanaDani PiedadeDarlyDalyLucilaMeg MontãoViviane Jacques
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Fan JieYu GeliZhai ChaoLiu YunLi BingZhang LiWang MinWang ShashaChen JiWu YananLiu XiaomeiLei SufenLi WeiweiSun Laimiao
9AngolaANG
Odeth TavaresNeyde BarbosaMária PedroIlda BengueBelina LaricaRosa AmaralMaria Inês JololoNair AlmeidaLili TorresIsabel FernandesLuísa KialaDionisia PioAnica NetoElzira TavaresFilomena Trindade
10GreeceGRE
Elena NikoliRita MavrogeniAnna PsathaEleni PoimenidouEleni PotariGeorgia DorotheouPengy VemiVasiliki SkaraGrigoria GoliaTatiana SousaAnna PatsiouMikhaela MikhalopoulouStella GioupiViki TheodoridouIoanna Fotiadou

Preliminary Round (15 – 23 August 2004)

Group A (15 – 23 August 2004)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1UkraineUKR40089982
2HungaryHUN301611893
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN202410690
4BrazilBRA103297105
5GreeceGRE004074124

Match #1 HUN 28 – 24CHN
Match #2 BRA 29 – 21GRE
Match #3 UKR 26 – 21CHN
Match #4 HUN 33 – 20GRE
Match #5 CHN 33 – 13GRE
Match #6 UKR 21 – 19BRA
Match #7 UKR 29 – 20GRE
Match #8 HUN 35 – 26BRA
Match #9 CHN 28 – 23BRA
Match #10 UKR 23 – 22HUN

Group B (15 – 23 August 2004)

Round-robin pools.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCWinsDrawsLossesPointsGoals ForGA
1Republic of KoreaKOR3107135103
2DenmarkDEN310712598
3FranceFRA2024105106
4SpainESP013186110
5AngolaANG013197131

Match #1 ANG 24 – 24ESP
Match #2 DEN 35 – 26FRA
Match #3 DEN 29 – 29KOR
Match #4 FRA 27 – 20ESP
Match #5 KOR 40 – 30ANG
Match #6 DEN 23 – 21ESP
Match #7 FRA 29 – 21ANG
Match #8 KOR 36 – 21ESP
Match #9 KOR 30 – 23FRA
Match #10 DEN 38 – 22ANG

Quarter-Finals (26 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 UKR 25 – 23ESP
Match #2 FRA 25 – 23HUN
Match #3 KOR 26 – 24BRA
Match #4 DEN 32 – 28CHN

Classification Round 5-8 (28 August 2004)

Classification matches.

Match #1 ESP 27 – 23CHN
Match #2 HUN 36 – 31BRA

Semi-Finals (27 August 2004)

Single-elimination.

Match #1 KOR 32 – 31FRA
Match #2 DEN 29 – 20UKR

Final Round (26 – 29 August 2004)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 DEN 38 – 36KOR
Match 3/4 UKR 21 – 18FRA
Match 5/6 HUN 38 – 29ESP
Match 7/8 BRA 26 – 25CHN
Match 9/10 ANG 38 – 23GRE