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Handball at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games

2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 21, 2016
Events: 2

Participants: 353 (177 men and 176 women) from 20 countries
Youngest Participant: MNE Äurđina Jauković (19 years, 164 days)
Oldest Participant: KOR Oh Yeong-Ran (43 years, 335 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 89 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): FRA France (2 medals)


Both the men’s and the women’s field handball tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place at the Future Arena in the Barra Olympic Park.

As in the previous Olympic Games, there were two groups with six teams each. Then the best eight teams determined the medal winners in knock-out matches.

The semi-finals were an European affair. Denmark won the men’s tournament, the first Olympic medal for Danish men ever. The Russian women won the first gold medal for their country since 1980 when the Soviet Union succeeded.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Handball DEN Denmark FRA France GER Germany
Women's Handball RUS Russia FRA France NOR Norway