“A team is a human adventure”

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Photo: F. Coffrini | Getty Media and team reactions following the first Olympic gold medal of the French women’s handball team   By J. Schuetz The sputtering start of the French women’s handball team at the Tokyo Olympics ended on top of the medal podium.  A dream had become reality and the world of handball and beyond paid homage to …

Fabulous Foppa delivers double gold for France

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Photo: Franck Fife |Getty Tokyo 2020 Women’s Final – France vs ROC 30:25 (15:13)   By Chris O’Reilly Before the game Another day, another final, another repeat of the Rio 2016 final. A repeat in all but name, of course, as we had the Russian Olympic Committee, rather than Russia, but the spirit and the stars of the team were …

“We are not going home from here without a medal”

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Photo: Maja Hitij Bronze Medal Match – Norway vs. Sweden 36:19 (19:7)   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match Ahead of the game, Norway’s left-back, Veronika Kristiansen was quoted by saying, “We are not going home from here without a medal.”  A statement which removed any doubts if there were any, how she and her teammates would approach the …

They did it again…

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Photo; B. Carr | Getty Determination and execution take Russia / ROC back to the Olympic final after a hard fought semifinal against Norway.   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match The widely anticipated semifinal would offer Norway a chance to avenge the one-goal loss after extra-time at the Olympic games in Rio 2016. Russia would aim for back-to-back …

Vincent vanquishes semi-final demons

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Photo: F. Coffrini / Getty Tokyo 2020 men’s semi-final – France vs Egypt 27:23 (13:13) By Chris O’Reilly Before the match France have quietly gone about the business at this tournament, winning their group with relative ease and breezing past Bahrain in the quarter-finals. Egypt had already made history at this event with their masterful performance against Germany in the …

Women’s Olympic Handball – Player Ratings – France vs. Netherlands

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Photo: F. Fife / Getty Player Ratings – France vs Netherlands Tokyo 2020 Women’s Quarter-finals – France vs Netherlands 32:22 (19:11) By Chris O’Reilly IN FOCUS: France found their mojo when it mattered most, taking charge of the game early on and taking advantage of Lois Abbingh’s injury to beat the reigning world champions and set up a semi-final date …