Spain crowned world handball champions

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-1-28 9:36:09

Spain this Sunday defeated Denmark 35-19 in the final of the World Handball Championship held this Sunday in Barcelona.

The title means that Spain have claimed the title for the second time in the country's history, following the country's triumph eight years ago in Tunisia.

The Spanish were clearly the stronger side in the final and will probably believe that Denmark were easier rivals than Slovenia, who they had beaten in the semifinals on Friday, or Germany, who were their victims in the last eight.

The Spanish had won the bronze medal two years ago in Sweden and had always been confident of lifting the 2013 title in front of their home crowd. In Sunday's final, Spain's powerful defense had a lot of responsibility for the win as they closed down the Danish attack, while Spanish goalkeeper, Arpad Sterbik, who also has a bronze medal from 2001 for playing for Serbia made 14 important saves.

Meanwhile Joan Canellas, who plays for Atletico Madrid, scored seven goals in the final.

The win and the general good running of the competition over the past two and a half weeks will have done no harm to the chances of Madrid being chosen as the city to host the 2020 Olympic Games when the decision is made in Buenos Aires in September.

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