Russia, Brazil, South Korea lead Olympic handball

Wednesday, August 01, 2012    

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LONDON, England (AP) — Russia and Brazil in Group A and South Korea in Group B lead the Olympic women's handball competition after two rounds with two wins each.

Title favourite Russia routed Britain 37-16 in the host's second drubbing of the tournament after their 31-19 defeat in Saturday's opener against Montenegro.

Brazil shared top spot with Russia after winning a tight battle against Montenegro 27-25.

Earlier, Croatia got their first win by defeating Angola 28-23, leaving the African team with no points.

Left winger Jo Hyobi scored five times to help South Korea edge Denmark 25-24 and send her team top of the table in Group B.

In a match between two multiple Olympic champions, South Korea led 24-19 with four minutes left when left back Pernille Larsen reeled off four goals which nearly earned Denmark a draw.

Defending Olympic champion Norway recovered from their opening loss to France by defeating Sweden 24-21. Sweden are the only team in the group to lose both their matches.

In the remaining Group B match, former world champion France and Spain drew 18-18.

The top four teams of both groups advance to the quarter-finals.



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