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Sweden claims handball silver medal

Sweden claims handball silver medal

Published: 12 Aug 2012 17:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Aug 2012 17:35 GMT+02:00

Sweden claimed the silver medal in the men's handball on Sunday after losing out to France 21-22 in a tightly fought match at the London 2012 Olympics.

France started the stronger team and once they took the lead early on in the first half, Sweden were unable to reclaim the initiative.

The game was a closely fought affair however with rarely more than two or three points separating the teams.

Sweden battled valiantly to the last, vocally urged on by former national team legend turned coach Staffan Olsson.

Niclas Ekberg and Jonas Larholm stood for the lion's share of Sweden's goals with six and five respectively.

Ekberg's sixth goal in the final match minute contributed to a dramatic climax as the Swedes closed to within a point of "Les Blues".

But Swedish hopes of a last gasp victory were quickly extinguished after France responded to maintain their cushion.

The Swedes ultimately paid for periodic losses of discipline, with suspensions counting against them.

Michael Guigou, Luc Abalo and Xavier Barachet were the leading scorers for the French team with five, four and four goals respectively.

The game signalled a disappointing conclusion to the London 2012 Olympics for the Swedes who are languishing in 37th place in the medals table with only a handful of events remaining.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:28 August 12, 2012 by OUIJA
If Sweden lost by a tiny difference of one goal, the SOK whould have had appealed inmediately, to make another "Norden"
19:15 August 12, 2012 by byke
I love this story.

Rather than mention anything about the team that won, they focus on the team that lost. And then used terms and expressions "Sweden battled valiantly to the last" - And there was me thinking we lived in Sweden ... Apparently Swedens now become a part of North Korea, In regards to the news feed.
21:28 August 12, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Congratulations on your silver medal.
01:23 August 13, 2012 by kirub
Sweden showed the best side of sportmanship during games in London.
09:42 August 13, 2012 by OUIJA
@kirub #4

What?

I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and s... out a smarter statement than that.
09:47 August 13, 2012 by Localer
@OUIJA Please crawl back into whatever sh*t hole you came outta from
10:27 August 13, 2012 by Smokebox
Who cares about the winning team! They are French!!!! Ha
11:18 August 13, 2012 by OUIJA
#6 Localer

It's scary to think that people like you are allowed to vote
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