Sweden claims handball silver medal

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.

Sweden claims handball silver medal

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.

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Swedish skier Frida Hansdotter to retire after World Cup

Olympic gold medalist Frida Hansdotter will retire after the World Cup finals in March, she announced on Wednesday.

Swedish skier Frida Hansdotter to retire after World Cup
Frida Hansdotter in February's World Cup in Hammarbybäcken. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The 33-year-old who denied Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2018 Games in South Korea has won three bronze and two silver world championship medals as well as a small globe in her preferred discipline since making her circuit debut as a teenager in 2004.

She finished in fifth place in the slalom and 11th in the giant slalom at February's world championships in Are.

“This season, I didn't feel the same hunger and motivation,” she said in a statement.

“The Olympic Games in Pyeongchang and the World Championship at home were my main objectives during the last seasons and I didn't want to think about what came afterwards,” she added.

“The last 15 years I travelled the world with skiing, pushing limits harder  then I ever thought was possible, achieving great things, met amazing people  on the way,” Hansdotter posted on Instagram.

“But it's time for me to say goodbye to the World Cup circuit and start a new chapter in life,” she added.

Her last race will be in Soldeu, Andorra between March 13th-17th as she looks to improve on her career best silver at Beaver Creek in 2015.