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French women defeat Norway to win handball world title

© Axel Heimken, DPA, AFP | France's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the IHF Women’s World Championship handball final match against Norway on December 17, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-12-18

France took the women's handball world title from Norway with a 23-21 victory over the previous champions in Sunday's final in Hamburg.

The triumph means France matched a feat only previously achieved by the Soviet Union in 1982, by holding both the women's and men's world titles at the same time. France’s male team won the men’s handball world title in January 2017, after beating Norway 33-26.

The sole survivor from the French women's previous world title in 2002 is coach Olivier Krumbholz, who was fired in 2013 but brought back two years later.

French women champions to meet Macron in Paris

Norway, who have dominated women's handball in recent years, built a three-goal lead in the first half, but with goalie Amandine Leynaud excellent, France fought back to lead 12-10 at the break despite finishing the half playing five against seven.

In 'money time' at the end of a breathless match, 20-year-old Orlane Kanor and Allison Pineau made the difference with two goals each before Alexandra Lacrabère scored the final goal with 20 seconds to play.

"It's extraordinary! I'm very proud of us," Pineau said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2017-12-18

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