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Handball at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's handball tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held from August 10 to August 24, at the Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium and National Indoor Stadium in Beijing. Twelve nations are represented in the men's tournament.

2008 Men's Olympic handball tournament
Handball podium08.jpg
Medal ceremony
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates9 August - 24 August
Teams12 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions France (1st title)
Runner-up Iceland
Third place Spain
Fourth place Croatia
Tournament statistics
Top scorer(s) Juan García (ESP) (49 goals)
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The four best teams from each group advanced to the quarterfinal round, 5th and 6th teams in each group are classified 9th-12th by the results of their group matches. The losers of quarterfinal matches competed in the 5th-8th place matches by the same elimination system as the winners of the quarterfinals.

This event was the last to be completed in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

QualificationEdit

Competition Date Venue Vacancies Qualified
Host Nation - - 1   China
IHF World Championships Jan 19 - Feb 4, 2007   Germany 1   Germany
European Championships January 17–27, 2008   Norway 1   Denmark
Asian Qualifying Tournament January 30, 2008   Tokyo 1   South Korea
Africa Nations Cup January 10–17, 2008   Angola 1   Egypt
Pan American Games July 14–29, 2007   Rio de Janeiro 1   Brazil
Olympic Qualifying Tournament 1 May 30 - Jun 1, 2008   Wrocław 2   Poland
  Iceland
Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2 May 30 - Jun 1, 2008   Paris 2   France
  Spain
Olympic Qualifying Tournament 3 May 30 - Jun 1, 2008   Zadar 2   Croatia
  Russia
TOTAL 12
Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

Preliminary roundEdit

SeedingEdit

The draw for the groups was held 16 June 2008.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6
  Germany   Denmark   Croatia   South Korea   Spain   Egypt
  Poland   France   Russia   China   Iceland   Brazil

RostersEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
  France 5 4 1 0 148 115 +33 9
  Poland 5 3 1 1 147 128 +19 7
  Croatia 5 3 0 2 140 115 +25 6
  Spain 5 3 0 2 152 145 +7 6
  Brazil 5 1 0 4 129 153 –24 2
  China 5 0 0 5 104 164 –60 0


10 August 2008
09:00
Croatia   31 – 29   Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Lemme, Ulrich (GER)
Lacković, Džomba 5 (16–11) García 5
  4×  Report   3× 

10 August 2008
14:00
France   34 – 26   Brazil Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Girault 7 (19–11) Ertel 5
  3×  Report   3× 

10 August 2008
19:00
Poland   33 – 19   China Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Jurasik 8 (21–10) five players 3
  3×  Report   3× 

12 August 2008
09:00
Brazil   14 – 33   Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Ertel, Souza 3 (9–18) Džomba 7
  3×  Report   2× 

12 August 2008
14:00
China   19 – 33   France Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Hao 5 (7–19) three players 5
  3×  Report   3× 

12 August 2008
15:45
Spain   30 – 29   Poland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
Rocas 7 (16–17) Jurasik, Lijewski 4
  3×  Report   4× 

14 August 2008
10:45
Poland   28 – 25   Brazil Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Jurecki, Tłuczyński 6 (14–15) Ribeiro 7
  3×  Report   3× 

14 August 2008
15:45
China   22 – 36   Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Cui 5 (12–16) Tomás 7
  3×  Report   3× 

14 August 2008
20:45
France   23 – 19   Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Chernega, Paladenko (RUS)
Gille 7 (11–9) Džomba 5
  3×  Report   3× 

16 August 2008
09:00
Brazil   29 – 22   China Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Ribeiro, Laureano 5 (14–10) Cui Liang, Cui Lei 4
  3×  Report   4× 

16 August 2008
14:00
France   28 – 21   Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Gille 6 (16–10) García 7
  3×  Report   3× 

16 August 2008
19:00
Croatia   24 – 27   Poland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Džomba 7 (12–13) Tłuczyński 7
  3×  Report   2× 

18 August 2008
10:45
Spain   36 – 35   Brazil Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Baum, Goralczyk (POL)
Romero 8 (20–17) Pacheco Filho 12
  3×  1×  Report   3×  1× 

18 August 2008
15:45
Croatia   33 – 22   China Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Šprem 8 (17–13) Hao 6
  2×  Report   3×  1× 

18 August 2008
20:45
Poland   30 – 30   France Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Liudowyk, Vakula (UKR)
Jurecki 7 (16–13) Karabatić 8
  2×  Report   3× 

Group BEdit

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
  South Korea 5 3 0 2 122 129 –7 6
  Denmark 5 2 2 1 137 131 +6 6
  Iceland 5 2 2 1 151 146 +5 6
  Russia 5 2 1 2 136 131 +5 5
  Germany 5 2 1 2 126 130 –4 5
  Egypt 5 0 2 3 127 132 –5 2


10 August 2008
10:45
Russia   31 – 33   Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Igropulo 9 (16–19) Guðjónsson 12
  3×  Report   3× 

10 August 2008
15:45
Germany   27 – 23   South Korea Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Kraus 7 (10–13) Cho Chi-hyo 7
  3×  Report   3× 

10 August 2008
20:45
Denmark   23 – 23   Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Christiansen 6 (11–10) El-Ahmar 8
  3×  1×  Report   4× 

12 August 2008
10:45
Egypt   27 – 28   Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Liudowyk, Vakula (UKR)
El Ahmar 10 (14–14) Rastvortsev 8
  3×  Report   3× 

12 August 2008
19:00
South Korea   31 – 30   Denmark Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Licis, Stolarovs (LAT)
Jung Su-young 9 (13–14) Nøddesbo 11
  2×  Report   3× 

12 August 2008
20:45
Iceland   33 – 29   Germany Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Guðjónsson 8 (17–14) Kraus 13
  3×  Report   2×  1× 

14 August 2008
09:00
Germany   25 – 23   Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Glandorf 7 (14–14) Zaky 7
  3×  Report   4× 

14 August 2008
14:00
South Korea   22 – 21   Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Baum, Goralczyk (POL)
Yoon Kyung-shin 6 (10–9) Geirsson, Sigurðsson 5
  3×  Report   4× 

14 August 2008
19:00
Denmark   25 – 24   Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Christiansen 6 (10–10) Chernoivanov, Igropulo 6
  2×  Report   3× 

16 August 2008
10:45
Egypt   22 – 24   South Korea Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Abd Elsalam 8 (11–8) Paek Won-chul 7
  3×  1×  Report   3× 

16 August 2008
15:45
Russia   24 – 24   Germany Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Filippov 6 (11–10) Kraus 6
  1×  1×  Report   4× 

16 August 2008
20:45
Denmark   32 – 32   Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Nøddesbo 6 (18–17) Guðjónsson 8
  3×  Report   2×  1× 

18 August 2008
09:00
Iceland   32 – 32   Egypt Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Sigurðsson 10 (14–17) Zaky 9
  4×  Report   3× 

18 August 2008
14:00
Russia   29 – 22   South Korea Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Rastvortsev 6 (17–12) Yoon Kyung-shin 7
  3×  Report   1× 

18 August 2008
19:00
Germany   21 – 27   Denmark Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Kraus 6 (12–15) Boesen 8
  4×  1×  Report   3× 

Medal roundEdit

 
Quarterfinal, Poland-Iceland

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  A2   Poland 30  
B3   Iceland 32  
  B3   Iceland 36  
  A4   Spain 30  
B1   South Korea 24
  A4   Spain 29  
        Iceland 23
      France 28
  B2   Denmark 24  
A3   Croatia 26  
  A3   Croatia 23 Bronze medal game
  A1   France 25  
A1   France 27     Spain 35
  B4   Russia 24   4   Croatia 29

QuarterfinalsEdit

20 August 2008
12:00
France   27 – 24   Russia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Narcisse 9 (13–10) Kokcharov 5
  4×  Report   3× 

20 August 2008
14:15
Poland   30 – 32   Iceland Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Jachlewski, Tkaczyk 6 (19–14) Petersson 6
  3×  1×  Report   2× 

20 August 2008
18:00
Denmark   24 – 26   Croatia Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Breto, Huelin (ESP)
Christiansen 6 (14–12) Šprem 7
  2×  Report   2× 

20 August 2008
20:15
South Korea   24 – 29   Spain Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Referees: Gjeding, Hansen (DEN)
Jeong Yi-kyeong 7 (13–14) Rocas 8
  3×  Report   2× 

ClassificationEdit

22 August 2008
12:00
Russia   28 – 27   Denmark Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Elmoamli, Shaban Ali (EGY)
Dibirov 8 (17–14) Christiansen 8
  4×  Report   4×  1× 

22 August 2008
14:15
Poland   29 – 26   South Korea Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Canbro, Claesson (SWE)
Jurasik 7 (15–14) Yoon Kyung-shin 6
  3×  Report   3× 

SemifinalsEdit

22 August 2008
18:00
France   25 – 23   Croatia Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Chernega, Poladenko (RUS)
Burdet, Narcisse 6 (12–11) Horvat, Šprem 5
  4×  Report   3× 

22 August 2008
20:15
Iceland   36 – 30   Spain Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Krstic, Ljubic (SLO)
Sigurðsson, Geirsson 7 (17–15) Rocas 7
  4×  Report   3×  1× 

7th–8th placeEdit

24 August 2008
08:00
Denmark   37 – 26   South Korea Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Aires Menezes, Aparecido Pinto (BRA)
Hansen 8 (15–13) Ko Kyung-soo 10
  3×  Report   2× 

5th–6th placeEdit

24 August 2008
10:15
Russia   28 – 29   Poland Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Karbaschi, Kolahdouzan (IRI)
Kokcharov 10 (15–14) Jurasik 6
  4×  Report   4× 

Bronze medal matchEdit

24 August 2008
13:30
Croatia   29 – 35   Spain Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Din, Dinu (ROU)
Duvnjak 7 (14–12) García, Prieto 7
  3×  Report   3× 

Gold medal matchEdit

24 August 2008
15:45
Iceland   23 – 28   France Beijing National Indoor Stadium
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Stefánsson 5 (10–15) Karabatić 8
  3×  Report   3× 

Rankings and statisticsEdit

 

Top goalkeepersEdit

Rank Name Team % Saves Shots
1 Johannes Bitter   Germany 41% 70 170
Thierry Omeyer   France 84 204
3 Mohamed Nakib   Egypt 40% 59 149
4 Sławomir Szmal   Poland 37% 85 227
5 David Barrufet   Spain 36% 59 165
Oleg Grams   Russia 91 250
Kasper Hvidt   Denmark 94 250
Alexey Kostygov   Russia 31 86
Maik Santos   Brazil 52 145
10 Björgvin Páll Gústavsson   Iceland 33% 75 226
Han Kyung-Tai   South Korea 67 204
Venio Losert   Croatia 44 135

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Juan García   Spain 49 65 75%
2 Snorri Guðjónsson   Iceland 48 77 62%
3 Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson   Iceland 43 66 65%
4 Lars Christiansen   Denmark 42 59 71%
5 Michael Kraus   Germany 38 65 58%
6 Mariusz Jurasik   Poland 37 59 63%
Nikola Karabatić   France 69 54%
8 Konstantin Igropulo   Russia 36 63 57%
Jesper Nøddesbo   Denmark 47 77%
10 Bertrand Gille   France 35 48 73%
Daniel Narcisse   France 69 51%
Albert Rocas   Spain 54 65%

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit