TOKYO (AP) — From double silver to double gold.
France won the females’s handball gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday to develop into the first nation in 37 years to win both men’s and females’s tournaments — five years after shedding both finals.
France beat the Russian team 30-25 in the females’s final with the boys’s gamers cheering on a day after they beat Denmark. Each and every finals were rematches from 2016.
The ranking modified into level at 16-16 midway thru the 2d half earlier than France scored six unanswered dreams and had a string of saves by goalkeeper Cleopatre Darleux. Pauletta Foppa and Allison Pineau had seven dreams every, and so did Russian player Polina Vedekhina.
Darleux’s done with nine saves off 21 shots and the opposite French goalkeeper, Amandine Leynaud, had three off 15. The Russian team’s goalkeepers combined for five off 35.
France is the first nation to win both handball events on the identical Olympics since Yugoslavia on the 1984 Los Angeles Video games.
Even reaching the closing modified into an success for the Russians after failing to win both of their first two games of the tournament — a tie with Brazil and 12-map loss to Sweden — amid vocal criticism from the weak coach who won gold in 2016.
Customary coach Evgeny Trefilov modified into in the stands all over the tournament in a “manual” characteristic after stepping down in 2019 for health reasons. Early in the tournament he even referred to as out his absorb instructions, complicating matters for the coaching team on the sidelines.
Norway matched its females’s bronze from 2016 with a 36-19 win over Sweden. Nora Mork and Kari Brattset Dale scored eight dreams every.
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