TOKYO (AP) — France won the Olympic men’s handball gold medal Saturday after beating Denmark 25-23 within the ultimate, gaining a measure of revenge for defeat to the Danes within the gold medal recreation in 2016.
France led by six needs early within the 2d half before Denmark came support to make it a one-purpose recreation within the ultimate minute. Ludovic Fabregas managed a bewitch and empty-uncover purpose with six seconds left to stable the purchase and start the French celebrations.
“This turned into as soon as as we had anticipated it to be — noteworthy, intense, and we’re happy to hang won,” French coach Guillaume Gille said thru an interpreter. “It in level of fact turned into as soon as a high-stage match which turned into as soon as won with certain little print, so we’re in level of fact, in level of fact ok with this result.”
France turned into as soon as taking half in its fourth consecutive men’s Olympic closing after a hit in 2008 and 2012 and shedding to Denmark in 2016. The French ladies folk’s group plays the Russian Olympic Committee for the gold Sunday. No country has won the boys’s and ladies folk’s tournaments at the the same Olympics since Yugoslavia in 1984.
Tournament top scorer Mikkel Hansen had 9 needs within the ultimate to switch to 61 complete in Tokyo, 15 greater than any individual else. Nedim Remili led France with 5 needs within the ultimate.
France led 14-10 at halftime after denying Denmark probabilities within the first half with neat defensive work to limit Denmark to 18 shots in opposition to France’s 26. Two more needs early within the 2d half spread out the French lead to 6, however Denmark gash the deficit for a busy conclude.
Spain beat Egypt 33-31 for the boys’s bronze medal thanks to a late surge after the sport turned into as soon as tied 28-28 with six minutes final.
Egypt turned into as soon as aiming to alter into the first African country to purchase a medal in handball and the first men’s medalist from outdoors Europe since South Korea in 1988.
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