Handball at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's qualification

The qualification for the 2016 Women's Olympic Handball Tournament was held from December 2014 to March 2016. Twelve teams qualified, the hosts, the World champion, four continental champions and six teams from the World Olympic qualification tournaments respectively.

Qualification summaryEdit

Mean of qualification Date Host Vacancies Qualified
Host nation 2 October 2009   Copenhagen 1   Brazil
2014 European Championship 7–21 December 2014   Zagreb
  Budapest
1   Spain[1]
2015 African Qualification Tournament 19–21 March 2015   Luanda 1   Angola
2015 Pan American Games 15–24 July 2015   Toronto 1   Argentina
2015 Asian Qualification Tournament 20–25 October 2015   Nagoya 1   South Korea
2015 World Championship 5–20 December 2015   Denmark 1   Norway
2016 Olympic Qualification Tournaments 18–20 March 2016   Metz 2   Netherlands
  France
  Aarhus 2   Romania
  Montenegro
  Astrakhan 2   Russia
  Sweden
Total 12

^ 1. Norway won the European Championship, ensuring its qualification. Norway later also won the 2015 World Championship title, which took precedence in the qualification path. Therefore, the European Championship's runner-up, Spain, received the European continental tournament berth.

Legend for qualification typeEdit

Qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Qualified for the 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournaments

Host countryEdit

World ChampionshipEdit

Rank Team
    Norway
    Netherlands
    Romania
4   Poland
5   Russia
6   Denmark
7   France
8   Montenegro
9   Sweden
10   Brazil
11   Hungary
12   Spain
13   Germany
14   South Korea
15   Serbia
16   Angola
17   China
18   Argentina
19   Japan
20   Puerto Rico
21   Tunisia
22   Kazakhstan
23   Cuba
24   DR Congo

Continental qualificationEdit

Europe (1st ranking continent)Edit

Rank Team
    Norway
    Spain
    Sweden
4   Montenegro
5   France
6   Hungary
7   Netherlands
8   Denmark
9   Romania
10   Germany
11   Poland
12   Slovakia
13   Croatia
14   Russia
15   Serbia
16   Ukraine

America (2nd ranking continent)Edit

Rank Team
    Brazil
    Argentina
    Uruguay
4   Mexico
5   Cuba
6   Puerto Rico
7   Canada
8   Chile

Asia (3rd ranking continent)Edit

The competition was held in Nagoya, Japan.

All times are local (UTC+9).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 4 4 0 0 160 82 +78 8 Advance to final tournament
2   Japan 4 3 0 1 125 94 +31 6 Advance to qualification tournaments
3   China 4 2 0 2 106 102 +4 4
4   Kazakhstan 4 1 0 3 103 114 −11 2
5   Uzbekistan 4 0 0 4 80 182 −102 0
Source: Asianhandball
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
20 October 2015
17:00
Kazakhstan   18−28   China Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(8−13)
20 October 2015
19:00
Japan   51−17   Uzbekistan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(25−10)

21 October 2015
17:00
South Korea   35−24   Kazakhstan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(18−10)
21 October 2015
19:00
China   19−29   Japan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(11−13)

22 October 2015
17:00
China   22−34   South Korea Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(8−15)
22 October 2015
19:00
Uzbekistan   27−38   Kazakhstan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(15−18)

24 October 2015
16:00
Japan   24−23   Kazakhstan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(13−11)
24 October 2015
18:00
Uzbekistan   15−56   South Korea Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(8−30)

25 October 2015
14:00
Uzbekistan   21–37   China Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(6–21)
25 October 2015
16:00
South Korea   35–21   Japan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya
(17–11)

Africa (4th ranking continent)Edit

The competition was held in Luanda, Angola.

All times are local (UTC+1).

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Angola 3 3 0 0 100 72 +28 6 Advance to final tournament
2   Tunisia 3 2 0 1 74 66 +8 4 Advance to qualification tournaments
3   Senegal 3 1 0 2 65 85 −20 2
4   DR Congo 3 0 0 3 71 87 −16 0
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
19 March 2015
18:00
Angola   38−21   Senegal Pavilhão da Cidadela, Luanda
(20–10)
Report
19 March 2015
20:00
Tunisia   26−21   DR Congo Pavilhão da Cidadela, Luanda
(14–11)
Report

20 March 2015
18:00
Senegal   19−25   Tunisia Pavilhão da Cidadela, Luanda
(13–13)
Report
20 March 2015
20:00
Angola   36−28   DR Congo Pavilhão da Cidadela, Luanda
(19–13)
Report

21 March 2015
18:00
DR Congo   22–25   Senegal Pavilhão da Cidadela, Luanda
(14–11)
Report
21 March 2015
20:00
Angola   26–23   Tunisia Pavilhão da Cidadela, Luanda
(10–12)
Report

Olympic Qualification TournamentsEdit

The Olympic Qualification Tournaments were held on 18–20 March 2016. Only twelve teams that have not yet qualified through the five events mentioned above could play in the tournament:

  • The top six teams from the World championship that did not already qualify through their continental championships are eligible to participate in the tournament.
  • The best ranked teams of each continent in the World championship represented the continent in order to determine the continental ranking. The first ranked continent received two more places for the tournament. The second, third and fourth ranked continent received one place each. The last place belongs to a team from Oceania, if it was ranked between 8th–12th at the World Championship. But, as no team from Oceania met this condition, the second ranked continent received an extra place instead. The teams, which already earned their places through their World championship ranking were not considered for receiving places through the continental criterion.
  • The twelve teams were allocated in three pools of four teams according to the table below. The top two teams from each pool qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games.[1][2][3]
2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament #1 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament #2 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament #3

2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament #1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Netherlands 3 3 0 0 103 62 +41 6 Advanced to final tournament
2   France (H) 3 2 0 1 75 56 +19 4
3   Japan 3 1 0 2 79 78 +1 2
4   Tunisia 3 0 0 3 55 116 −61 0
Source: IHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host

All times are local (UTC+1).

18 March 2016
16:45
Japan   37–20   Tunisia Arènes de Metz, Metz
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Gatelis, Mažeika (LTU)
Fujii 8 (19–8) Hamrouni 7
  3×  Report   2× 
18 March 2016
19:00
Netherlands   24–17   France Arènes de Metz, Metz
Attendance: 5,000
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
Van der Heijden 5 (9–7) Dembélé 5
  2×  Report   3× 

19 March 2016
16:45
Netherlands   33–25   Japan Arènes de Metz, Metz
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Malestein 8 (15–16) Yokoshima 7
  5×  Report   3× 
19 March 2016
19:00
France   33–15   Tunisia Arènes de Metz, Metz
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Gatelis, Mažeika (LTU)
Houette 8 (20–6) three players 3
  4×  Report   3×  1× 

20 March 2016
17:45
Tunisia   20–46   Netherlands Arènes de Metz, Metz
Attendance: 2,800
Referees: Arntsen, Røen (NOR)
three players 3 (10–27) Abbingh 8
  3×  Report   4× 
20 March 2016
19:30
France   25–17   Japan Arènes de Metz, Metz
Attendance: 4,000
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Pineau 7 (11–7) Fujii 5
  1×  Report   2× 

2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament #2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Romania 3 2 1 0 91 67 +24 5 Advanced to final tournament
2   Montenegro 3 2 1 0 83 64 +19 5
3   Denmark (H) 3 1 0 2 85 75 +10 2
4   Uruguay 3 0 0 3 55 108 −53 0
Source: IHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host

All times are local (UTC+1).

18 March 2016
16:45
Uruguay   19–34   Montenegro Ceres Arena, Aarhus
Attendance: 1,100
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
Scarrone 4 (10–15) Mehmedović 7
  3×  Report   5× 
18 March 2016
19:00
Romania   32–25   Denmark Ceres Arena, Aarhus
Attendance: 3,100
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Buceschi 10 (19–13) Dalby, Spellerberg 4
  3×  Report   4× 

19 March 2016
17:45
Romania   36–19   Uruguay Ceres Arena, Aarhus
Referees: Alpaidze, Berezkina (RUS)
Chintoan 9 (17–10) Fynn 4
  3×  Report   6× 
19 March 2016
20:00
Denmark   22–26   Montenegro Ceres Arena, Aarhus
Attendance: 3,200
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Jørgensen 7 (10–13) Bulatović 9
  4×  Report   4× 

20 March 2016
17:30
Montenegro   23–23   Romania Ceres Arena, Aarhus
Attendance: 1,200
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Despotović 8 (11–15) Chintoan 6
  6×  Report   3× 
20 March 2016
20:00
Denmark   38–17   Uruguay Ceres Arena, Aarhus
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Geipel, Helbig (GER)
Rej 9 (19–7) Barreiro 8
  4×  Report   4× 

2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament #3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Russia (H) 3 3 0 0 101 71 +30 6 Advanced to final tournament
2   Sweden 3 2 0 1 100 81 +19 4
3   Poland 3 1 0 2 85 71 +14 2
4   Mexico 3 0 0 3 51 114 −63 0
Source: IHF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) goal difference.
(H) Host

All times are local (UTC+3).

18 March 2016
17:30
Poland   25–27   Russia Sportcomplex Zvezdny, Astrakhan
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Koo, Lee (KOR)
Kobylińska 5 (11–11) Vyakhireva 7
  2×  Report   3× 
18 March 2016
20:00
Sweden   41–20   Mexico Sportcomplex Zvezdny, Astrakhan
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lah, Sok (SLO)
Sand 5 (21–9) Aguirre 8
  5×  Report   2× 

19 March 2016
16:00
Poland   24–30   Sweden Sportcomplex Zvezdny, Astrakhan
Attendance: 3,700
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Zych 6 (12–16) Alm 6
  1×  Report   3× 
19 March 2016
18:30
Russia   37–17   Mexico Sportcomplex Zvezdny, Astrakhan
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Koo, Lee (KOR)
Gorshkova 6 (17–11) Sifuentes 5
  5×  Report   3×  1× 

20 March 2016
18:00
Russia   37–29   Sweden Sportcomplex Zvezdny, Astrakhan
Attendance: 6,000
Referees: Lah, Sok (SLO)
Dmitrieva, Vyakhireva 7 (15–10) Gulldén 8
  2×  Report   3× 
20 March 2016
20:30
Mexico   14–36   Poland Sportcomplex Zvezdny, Astrakhan
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Esquivel 6 (5–18) Kołodziejsk 8
  1×  Report   2× 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rio 2016 – Qualification Tournament Update". ihf.info. 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ Kjærgaard, Bodil. "Damernes OL-kval spilles i Danmark". dhf.dk (in Danish). Danish Handball Federation. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ "IHF: Women's Olympic Games Qualification Tournament". dhf.dk. International Handball Federation. Retrieved 31 January 2016.

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