Handball: Delighted Denmark beat French champions to win first gold

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Posted: Aug 21, 2016 2:47 PM

By Alexandra Ulmer

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A delighted Denmark won their first gold medal in men's handball on Sunday, overcoming the defending French champions to win 28-26 in a thrilling Olympic final.

The score was tight throughout the game at Rio's Future Arena, where a mostly France-leaning crowd chanted for their "Bleus", but the Danes managed to pull ahead in part thanks to brilliant saves by 2.01 meter-tall keeper Niklas Landin.

When the breakneck game was finally over, the Danish team poured onto the court hugging, high-fiving, and clasping their hands on their heads in disbelief.

For the French, who won gold in London 2012 and Beijing 2008, defeat to the Danish underdogs was bitter. It came a day after the French women also lost the final, settling for silver against Russia.

Earlier on Sunday, Germany's men's team overcame Poland 31-25 to win bronze.

(Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Alison Williams)