Russia fight to noteworthy handball gold with 22-19 win over France
Russia won its first ladies’ handball Olympic gold award on Saturday (20 August) by beating France 22-19 at the Future Arena.
A hard-battled last, with the most minimal scoring complete in Olympic ladies’ history, saw Russia take a four-objective preferred standpoint with five minutes to go then granulate out the win.
“I’m so upbeat, I believe I’m the happiest lady on the planet at this moment,” said Russia’s top scorer Anna Vyakhireva. “We were the best group and we truly put stock in it, the entire gathering.
“Our group played uncommonly,” said French player Manon Houette. “This is a brilliant memory that I will keep. This award was merited. I’m going to take it all over on the grounds that it speaks to a great deal of work and gives up, and I will demonstrate the award to everybody who has added to my prosperity.”
Vyakhireva shared top-scorer respects on five objectives with France’s Allison Pineau and Siraba Dembele.
Both groups were returning off the of one-point wins in their semi-finals. Russia, specifically, may have been feeling end-of-Games weariness in the wake of overcoming pre-competition top picks and reigning champions Norway in additional time in their semi-last.
This match-up was generally as close when the two groups met in the preliminaries and Russia ended up as the winner by one point.
Despite the fact that the Soviet Union won the handball Olympic title in 1976 and 1980, this was the first run through a Russian ladies’ group won Olympic gold in any game.