Slovenia and Republic of Korea take handball honours
Slovenia won gold in the men’s handball on 25 August, thanks to a with a 31-25 victory over Egypt, while the Republic of Korea took the honours in the women’s tournament.
Slovenian captain Jaka Malus described his side’s performance as “the top of the top” after a nail-biting clash against their African opponents at the Jiangning Sports Centre.
“We knew from the beginning of the tournament that we would win, but yesterday we almost lost [in the semi-final against Norway]. But we stayed focused and in the last five minutes we won,” Malus said after contributing six goals to his side’s victory.
Malus went on to reveal that, to mark the triumph, the team coach Janez Klemencic would be become the latest resident of the Youth Olympic Village to take a soaking in the name of charity.
“We have a bet. I said to him if we won, he gets the ice bucket challenge so you will see the ice bucket challenge from our coach online,” he explained.
Koreans enjoy their moment of triumph
The women’s handball final was an even tighter affair, with the Republic of Korea edging past Russia 32-31 to wipe out memories of a 36-31 defeat by the same opponent in the preliminary round several days earlier.
The teams have faced each other in elite level competition three times recently, with Republic of Korea leading the face-offs 2-1.
“In Macedonia [at the 2014 Junior World Championships], we beat the Russian team and in this competition we lost [the preliminary game],” said the Republic of Korea coach Oh Seil. “So we did our best to win this game.”
“Our team is very close and we’re like a big family,” Sweden’s delighted captain Anna Johansson said. “We fight together and it’s amazing. We will have a good evening together and laugh a lot.”
In the men’s bronze medal match, Magnus Abelvik Rod scored 11 goals to lead Norway to a 33-25 win against Qatar.