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Handball at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Handball

Handball at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Copper Box, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: NOR Norway
Silver: MNE Montenegro
Bronze: ESP Spain

Summary

Apart from the fact that host nation Great Britain was granted a place in the competition, the field at the Olympics could be considered the strongest possible. The other eleven nations had ranked 1 through 11 at the 2011 World Championships in Brazil. Winner there had been Norway, which were also the reigning Olympic and European champions, and expected to do well again in London.

But the Norwegian women struggled in the group stage. They lost to France and Spain (respectively silver and bronze medallists at the last World Championships), tied South Korea, only qualifying for the quarter-finals in fourth place. The other pool saw Brazil (5th at the last Worlds) in the lead - despite a loss to Russia - followed by Croatia, Russia and Montenegro. In the quarter-finals, Norway regained its former strength and put the Brazilians aside 21-19. The real story of that day, however, was the match between France and Montenegro. The score was level at 22-22 when Camille Ayglon fouled Majda Mehmedović with just 2 seconds left to place. Katarina Bulatović converted the penalty shot to send the Montenegrins into the semis. Spain was the next opponent of the tiny nation (625,000 inhabitants). With a four-point lead in the second half, things were not quite as close this time, although the Spanish came to within one point at the final whistle.

In the final, Montenegro encountered Norway, which had beaten South Korea with relative ease (31-25). The Montenegrin women gave the defending Olympic champions a stiff challenge, and with 9 minutes to go, the score was 20-20. The Norwegians then pushed on, aided by a suspension of Bulatović, to open up a three point gap: 26-23. For the fifth time in ten tournaments, the reigning Olympic champion defended its title. Montenegro won its first ever Olympic medal in a team sport, while third place was taken by Spain - their first in the women's event - after two-overtimes against South Korea.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal G G/Sv A/SOG Sh%/Sv% 6m Sh/A-Sv/Sh WSh/A-Sv/Sh 9m Sh/A-Sv/Sh 7m Sh/A-Sv/Sh FSh/A-Sv/Sh BS/A-Sv/Sh AST TOV STL BLK YCW 2MS RC DQR
1 Norway NOR Gold 8 196 380 0.516 40/62 32/48 66/177 14/25 30/44 14/24 110 102 24 26 23 15 0 0
2 Montenegro MNE Silver 8 210 358 0.587 41/55 44/71 47/125 27/32 29/40 22/35 131 102 33 16 25 38 2 0
3 Spain ESP Bronze 8 201 348 0.578 51/75 26/46 34/104 29/43 17/25 44/55 98 156 36 11 23 25 2 0
4 South Korea KOR 8 214 398 0.538 30/45 28/51 69/176 30/47 26/37 31/42 101 126 40 20 20 24 0 0
5 France FRA 6 147 285 0.516 35/51 12/26 41/128 8/12 37/47 14/21 71 89 48 16 19 18 2 0
6 Brazil BRA 6 156 271 0.576 23/27 32/55 50/129 15/19 21/22 15/19 68 107 30 9 17 19 2 0
7 Croatia CRO 6 167 262 0.637 34/48 22/38 39/83 16/23 29/34 27/36 89 90 29 13 18 26 0 0
8 Russia RUS 6 174 293 0.594 18/23 21/45 44/117 21/26 40/48 30/34 79 88 21 23 18 29 1 0
9 Denmark DEN 5 113 235 0.481 19/23 15/31 40/119 15/21 16/28 8/13 50 72 19 21 15 11 0 0
10 Angola ANG 5 132 235 0.562 13/26 21/30 53/120 18/24 14/16 13/19 52 70 30 14 14 16 0 0
11 Sweden SWE 5 108 229 0.472 24/33 22/45 24/99 11/16 12/15 15/21 51 91 27 16 18 13 0 0
12 Great Britain GBR 5 91 204 0.446 21/27 14/35 16/79 14/20 14/20 12/23 58 112 13 2 14 14 0 0