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Norway defend women's handball gold

08-12-2012 06:51 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Norwegian women's handball team defended their title at the London Olympic Games, but it took them a lot of energy on Saturday to b-eat their surprising final opponents Montenegro 26-23.

Olympic debutants Montenegro were delighted with silver and celebrated by dancing on the court while the Norwegian players ran a flag-waving lap of honour around the Basketball Arena.

The handball final was dominated by top scorers Linn Sulland of Norway and Katarina Bulatovic of Montenegro, who scored 10 goals each even though Montenegro goalkeeper Sonja Barjaktarovic gave a world-class performance.

The first half was a private duel between Sulland and Bulatovic. This encounter ended with a draw after 30 minutes with seven goals (including four penalty goals each) to each one. Norway led 13-10 at the break.

Montenegro tied the score to 19-19 with a four-goal spurt by Bulatovic in the 47th minute after being down by four goals.

But two minutes before the end Sulland hit the net for the ninth time to make it 24-22 and her 10th goal, 25-23, to secure the gold for Norway.

In the bronze medal match, Spain beat South Korea 31-29 for their first handball Olympic medal.

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Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: Xinhua

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