France aims to once again dominate handball at the Paris Olympics

France aims to once again dominate handball at the Paris Olympics
France aims to once again dominate handball at the Paris Olympics

By America Hernandez

PARIS, Jul 10 – French heartthrobs will be rooting for their popular men’s and women’s handball teams to win Olympic gold on home soil this year, repeating their exceptional double triumph in Tokyo.

Until now, only two countries, now defunct, had triumphed in handball: Yugoslavia, at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and the Soviet Union, at the 1976 Montreal Games.

Achieving the feat once again is a daunting but feasible challenge for the French hosts, who have performed well in world handball tournaments since the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

The women’s team has recently had the upper hand over the country expected to be their fiercest rival in August, Norway.

The gritty Norwegians beat France in the 2021 world championship final, took bronze in Tokyo and Rio, and won Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012.

However, the French team prevailed in the final of the world championship held last December in the Danish city of Herning, claiming the title for the third time with a 31-28 victory.

Denmark is also the main threat to the French winning their fourth Olympic title in five Games on August 11 in Lille.

The Danes will be looking to get back on top of the podium after winning gold in Rio in 2016, but leaving Tokyo with silver after losing narrowly to the French.

An intense head-to-head on July 27 will provide a clue, when France and Denmark meet in their first preliminary round match in Paris.

(Reporting by America Hernandez in Paris; Editing by Hector Espinoza)

 
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