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Norwegian women take handball gold

Norwegian women take handball gold

Norway's female handball team won its first Olympic gold medal Saturday, overpowering reigning world champions Russia 34-27.
Norway shot to an 8-1 lead after just eight minutes with two goals apiece by Else Lybekk and to Linn-Kristen Riegelhuth and remained comfortably ahead for the rest of the match at the National Indoor Stadium.
"We decided to rush them from the start," said Norway's Goreil Snorroeggen. "Today, Russia were not on the same level as us. It was a good day to meet them."
Russia, which beat Norway in 2007 in the world championship, was unable to sustain much pressure on the Norwegians, frequently giving up possession and fluffing goal scoring opportunities.
The side rallied toward the end of the first half when two goals by Elena Postnova made the score 18-13, but Norway came out strongly after the break, ending any chance of a comeback.
Neither Norway nor Russia has ever won a gold medal in women's handball.
Norway earned silver medals in 1988 and 1992 and the bronze in 2000. The Unified Team won bronze in 1992, and the Soviet Union earned bronze in 1988.
Earlier, South Korea beat Hungary 33-28 for the bronze medal.


Updated : 2021-04-14 15:12 GMT+08:00