Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Participants: 347 (176 men and 171 women) from 17 countries
Youngest Participant: Marina VukÄeviÄ-RajÄiÄ (18 years, 339 days)
Oldest Participant: Carlos PÃ©rez (40 years, 339 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 87 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 6 countries with 1 medal
Most handball matches were held in the Copper Box, with the semi-finals and finals played in the larger Basketball Arena. Both venues were in the Olympic Park. The most notable change in the play schedule was the lack of classification matches, which had already been reduced in Beijing 2008. Placements from rank five and down were decided on the basis of points achieved in the preliminary round.
For the first time in Olympic handball, both reigning champions defended their title. While not so rare in the women's competition (it had happened four times before), this was the first time a male team managed to achieve this.