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Norway clinch first handball gold

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Norway swept aside world champions Russia 34-27 to claim their country's first women's handball gold.

Twice silver-medallists in the past they unleashed an early scoring blitz, going 8-1 up, and never allowed the shell-shocked Russians to recover.

The score had blown out to 30-21 with 10 minutes to go before Norway dropped their defence back.

Earlier, South Korea staged a late surge to beat Hungary 33-28 and claim the women's bronze medal.

Left back Moon Pilhee scored 10 goals, while right back Hong Jeongho chipped in eight.

Hungary made a positive start and led 6-2 in the early stages but a hat-trick from Moon put the Koreans ahead 7-6 after 10 minutes.

Korean coach Lim Young-chul said he was proud of the way his team bounced back after a controversial semi-final defeat by Norway.

"This bronze medal has bigger meaning than gold for our athletes," he said.

Norway were of course delighted with gold, though, with left-back Katja Nyberg saying: "I think I am the happiest person on earth right now.

"I think our speed was the ticket to the gold medal."

Goalkeeper Kari Aalvik Grimsboe added:"Everything was right for us. We are much stronger than the Russians. We just ran from them. We did everything right."

see also
South Korea protest after semis
21 Aug 08 |  Handball
Brazil narrowly beat South Korea
15 Aug 08 |  Handball
Europeans maintain winning starts
11 Aug 08 |  Handball

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