Men's Team Handball
XCroatia, the reigning world champion, won the Olympic gold medal in a physical match with Germany, 26-24. Following a German turnover, Niksa Kaleb scored from the left wing to give Croatia a three-goal lead with just over three minutes remaining and the Germans couldn't recover. Mirza Dzomba scored nine goals on 10 shots for Croatia, including the last one with 31 seconds left. Croatian goalkeepers Vlado Sola and Venio Losert made nine saves each.
Women's Team Handball
XDenmark won its third consecutive Olympic title in women's team handball, defeating South Korea 4-2 in a penalty shootout after playing to a 34-34 tie at the end of two overtimes. Danish goalkeeper Karin Oernhoej Mortensen had two saves, and Henriette Mikkelsen scored the decisive goal in the shootout. The final was a rematch of the 1996 Atlanta Games, which Denmark also won, 37-33 in extra time. South Korea won the team handball gold in 1988 and 1992 and seemed on the brink of victory Sunday, leading 34-33 with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime. But Denmark's Katrine Frueland sent the game into a shootout when she scored just eight seconds before the horn.
Men's Water Polo
XHungary won its eighth Olympic water polo gold medal, scoring three unanswered goals in the last quarter to edge Serbia-Montenegro 8-7 in the final. Gergeley Kiss scored four goals and Tamas Kasas had two for the defending world and Olympic champions. Aleksandar Sapic, the tournament's leading scorer with 18 goals, had a chance for an equalizer in the closing seconds but delayed his shot after hearing some whistles and ran out of time. Hungarian coach Denes Kemeny ran along the side of the pool doing high knee lifts and then jumped fully clothed, into the pool to embrace his players.
XMoon Dae-sung of South Korea won the gold medal in men's over-80-kilogram taekwondo by knocking out Alexandros Nikolaidis of Greece. Pascal Gentil of France won the bronze. Moon floored Nikolaidis with a kick to the head late in the first round. Chen Zhong of China won the gold medal in the women's over-67-kilogram class, beating Myriam Baverel of France. Adriana Carmona of Venezuela won the bronze.
Rhythmic Gymnastics
XFour years after watching her medal hopes end when she lost control of her hoop, two-time world champion Alina Kabaeva from Russia won the rhythmic gymnastics all-around in a rout. She finished with 108.400 points, more than a point ahead of silver medalist Irina Tchachina of Russia. Anna Bessonova of Ukraine took the bronze.
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