The Closest Ever Olympic Handball Match | Olympics on the Record

The Closest Ever Olympic Handball Match | Olympics on the Record


Here’s a close finish for you. No photo finish
or touchpads involved. Just a handball game with 14 players,
two coaches and one clock. Don’t forget the clock –
a key character in our story. And the judges too. That’s them
in the cute blue jackets. They’re very important
but we’ll get to them later. It was the semifinal game of the women’s handball
competition at the 2008 Olympic Games
in Beijing. The winners were in with
a shot at the gold medal, the losers,
playoff for a bronze medal. Handball fans knew
that this was THE game. The champions of Asia, South
Korea, against the champions of
Europe, Norway. In Korea, they take women’s
handball very seriously. They dominate
the Asian Championship. Norway and their coach,
Marit Breivik, dominated the European
Championship. The best two teams in the world
going head-to-head. In fact, we’re going to give
away the ending right now – the winners of this match would go on to win Olympic gold
by a crushing margin. So who would it be –
Norway or Korea? Going into the second period,
the answer had to be Norway. Korea’s first-half lead of one
point evaporated as the Europeans hit their
stride, Ragnhild Aamodt finding
this clever finish to put her side 21-18 ahead. This excellent team move showed
the Norwegians at their absolute best, dragging the Korean defence
this way and that before Kari Mette Johansen found the
net. The Koreans were now looking
at a four-point deficit. And so it continued. The odd strike by Korea,
top scorer Moon Pil-hee keeping her team
in the game, quickly cancelled out
by a Norwegian attack, team captain Gro Hammerseng
scoring. If the Norwegians could just
hold on through the dying minutes,
they would be through. But the Koreans refuse to give
in. They lay down for nobody. And a goal by An Jung-hwa
lifted them. Then another excellent strike
by Huh Soon-young put them within a single goal. 28-27. The Norwegians were rattled, veteran coach Marit Breivik
calling a time-out. Stop the game, regroup and find a way to close out
those final few seconds. Could the Koreans force extra
time? 25 seconds to save the game. Keep your eye on the clock. There’s one on the screen, Jan.
Right there. Top left. Aamodt misses. Just seven seconds left. Moon ties the match. And then… ..the scoreboard, like the fans
and players, was stunned, eventually spluttering out
the final score. Hammerseng’s last-second goal
had made it 29-28 to Norway. There was disbelief on the
court, jubilation… and bewilderment. Was the goal legal? Korean coach Lim Young-chul
beseeched the judges. Surely the clock had called
time. Surely the goal could not
stand. Chaos ensued until, finally, a decision. Norway would go on to the
final. Korea’s brilliant fightback now just a detail of Olympic
history. Norway went on to thrash Russia
in the final to lift the Olympic gold medal. Korea won bronze, brushing
aside Hungary, wondering, no doubt, what a difference
a second makes. Norway were the team
celebrating at the end of the tournament. But what a match. The final verdict was that the
ball had left Hammerseng’s hand before the clock called time, a fact seemingly verified
by the TV clock, top left, but still bitterly
disputed by the Koreans who took their grievance to the International Handball
Federation… without success. Meanwhile,
Norwegian coach Marit Breivik was given her country’s
highest honour – joining the illustrious list
of great Norwegians to be made a Knight of the Royal Norwegian
Order of Saint Olav.

100 Replies to “The Closest Ever Olympic Handball Match | Olympics on the Record”

  1. The ball bounced outside the goal line before going in.. Yes the ball was in the air and out of the player's hand before end time of the match but that shouldn't have counted because of the bounce? Mm.

  2. Well I can clearly tell that the clock ran out while the ball was in the air? I play basketball and if you shoot the ball before time expires and it goes in after it still counts, I don’t know how handball rules work

  3. Btw the korean goalie falsly executed the last throw in. She didn't step on the line she was in the court when she passed it. It should have been redone.

  4. No it is not? It might be the game where the winner was decided closest to the buzzer. But Denmark against South Korea in the final in 2004 must be the closest ever Olympic handball match. They tied the game and furthermore the tied both first and second extra time. The match was decided by penalty throws (Denmark won 4 – 2 after amazing saves by the Danish keeper, i believe it was Rikke Schmidt) . More absurd was it that it was second time in 12 days the two countries tied as they also tied in group stage.

    But 25 – 25 after ordinary time, 29 – 29 after first extra time and 35 – 35 after second extra time must be the closest ever decision in Olympic handball.

  5. That almost happened at my school's basketball game, where a guy tripped at half-court with seconds on the clock, and just missed the winning shot.

  6. That scene should've never even happened. at 3:02 the ball goes off the Korean goalie and across the sidelines. Should've been throw-in for Norway, not for Korea.
    But well…justice prevailed…

  7. it's like an easier version of basketball. and what's the point of them having a goalie? there is literally no chance they are going to catch a ball that quickly.

  8. Both teams deserved not only gold, as they played along the game, whoever has won the metal not represent truly the best!!!!!

  9. So… it’s a mix of basketball and soccer? What a stupid sport! But I get it cause it’s easy for girls

  10. Not the kind of handball I'm familiar w/ but this looks like a lot fun. I hope one day to see NY handball become an O' sport.

  11. Прямо с финальной сиреной.. надо было как то сфолить…. что нибудь сделать..

  12. Once it is Korea vs X, I knew in the Koreans would be making chaos …….

    I just have never heard of any noble gesture by Koreans.

  13. This is actually one of the only sports in which the USA has never won a medal. I feel like if we spent all of our resources on this we could be a contender every year.

  14. I get excited when I see The Olympic Channel uploaded a new video. Then I click on it and hear this narrator and just feel so disappointed. I’m sorry but her voice is just…ugh

  15. Personally I think the closest ever Olympic handball match was the 2004 final between Denmark and South Korea:
    After 60 minutes ordinary time: 25-25
    After 10 minutes extra time: 29-29
    After another 10 minutes extra time: 34-34
    In the end, the Olympic gold had to be decided in a penalty shootout: Denmark 38-36 South Korea.
    Yes, South Korea has a lot of bad luck when it comes to close matches against Scandinavians.They also lost the 1996 Olympics final after extra time… against Denmark.

  16. Why are you guys hating on the goalie, it is one of the hardest positions in all sports. It is really hard to have such good reaction time I bet most of the hateful commenters on this video would do worse

  17. Why controversial decisions always go in favour of Europeans?
    Fencing in favour of Germany & Hand Ball in favour of Norway.
    Now, matter how much you cheat. But, Asia is coming on Top.

  18. In basketball it makes sense to count if the ball leaves the hands before time is up, but in sports with a goalie it makes more sense to count it in only if it goes in before the clock (hockey).

  19. 1:13 It seems pretty unfair that a team that's clearly worse than you gets a higher place just because of an unlucky bracket

  20. Theres a robot at the Vikings game stadium that's not the only robot I've seen in my life time u will no a robot when you see one trust me I'm not a robot I'm human being robots r way way stronger than a human being is

  21. This handball was supposed to called football and football was supposed to called soccer. Am i right or wrong.

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