France clinched gold following a dramatic and intense showdown between the two teams in which they came out on top at the break before the Russians tied at 16-16. But France then shifted gears to take a decisive 20-16 advantage in the 43rd minute of a close game in which the lead had so far not crossed more than three points.
ROC had won their previous meeting with France by a lone goal in the group stage in Tokyo despite being late at half-time but their efforts were unsuccessful in the final.
The victory allowed France to emulate their male counterparts by winning the gold medal, marking the first time since Los Angeles 1984 that both male and female handball teams from the same country have triumphed at the Games.
The Soviet Union first achieved the feat in 1976 before Yugoslavia almost four decades ago.
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Norway won bronze after beating Sweden 36-19 earlier on Sunday, dominating the clash as their quick attacks overwhelmed the Swedish defense.
Norway also won bronze in women’s handball at the Rio 2016 Olympics after winning the title at the 2012 and 2008 Games.
Sweden, who were playing their first Olympic medal match in women’s handball, struggled throughout the game and missed many shots.
Nora Moerk led the Norwegian assault on the Swedish goal on Sunday, scoring eight balls to claim the top female scorer in handball at the Tokyo Games with 52 goals.
An exceptional performance by Norwegian goalkeeper Silje Solberg, who recorded a superb 44% saving efficiency rate and even scored a goal, kept Sweden in check.
“This is my first Olympic medal and it means a lot to me,” said Solberg.
“To finish this way is a good feeling for me and the whole team. We have shown that we are meant to be here in the top three. “
Serbia beat Greece to win men’s water polo gold
Filip Filipovic and Serbia followed a familiar formula until another gold medal at the Olympics.
Nikola Jaksic scored three goals from three shots and Filipovic made several big plays, helping Serbia beat Greece 13-10 in the men’s water polo final at the Tokyo Games on Sunday.
Serbia became the first country to reiterate its title as Olympic champion since Hungary claimed three consecutive victories from 2000 to 2008. It won its fourth medal in its fourth appearance in the longest-serving team sport of the Olympics .
Dimitrios Skoumpakis, captain Ioannis Fountoulis and Angelos Vlachopoulos each scored two goals for Greece, who won their first medal in men’s water polo. His previous best result was fourth in 2004 in Athens.
Greece also tied the country’s best result in a team sport at the Olympics, joining a silver medal in women’s water polo at the Athens Games.
It was a surprising race for Fountoulis and company, and the Greeks pushed Filipovic and the powerful Serbs deep into the fourth before fading away. The teams exchanged hugs in the water at the end.
Serbia learned valuable lessons from winning bronze medals in 2008 and 2012, which was how to control themselves during the grueling tournament. He finished fourth in his group at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, then made his way to his first Olympic title.
Five years later, it was more or less the same.
Serbia split their first four games in Tokyo and finished third in Group B, but took their game to another level when the quarter-finals rolled around. Filipovic’s decisive goal with 26 seconds left saw Serbia return to the final with a spectacular 10-9 victory over Spain on Friday.
Viktor Nagy led Hungary to bronze in men’s water polo in their last game, making eight saves in a 9-5 victory over Spain.
Marton Vamos scored two goals as Hungary rebounded from a disappointing 9-6 loss to Greece in the semi-finals.
Hungary are the most successful program in men’s water polo with nine gold medals, but the bronze medal in Tokyo was her first medal since her streak of three consecutive Olympic titles from 2000-2008. She finished fifth in London and in Rio de Janeiro.
Uzbekistan’s Jalolov wins gold in super-heavyweight boxing
Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan won super heavyweight gold in the final boxing match of the Tokyo Olympics, dominating a 5-0 victory over Richard Torrez Jr. of the United States.
The 6-foot-7-inch Jalolov towered over almost all other fighters in Olympic sport’s biggest weight class, but he also has the stiff jab of a much shorter man. He’s dominated all four of his fights in Tokyo, sweeping away each judge’s decision in three fights and winning by stoppage in the semifinals.
Jalolov is an 8-0 professional boxer who lives in California and fights primarily in North America. He became the most experienced pro to win gold at the second Olympics after professionals were allowed to qualify.
He also won the only boxing medal in Tokyo for the disappointing Uzbek side, who sent 11 fighters to Tokyo after dominating the medal table in Rio de Janeiro.
Torrez won the third silver medal for the United States, which has had its most successful Olympics since 2000 in terms of total number of medals. The Americans are the most successful boxing nation in Olympic history, but they haven’t won a men’s gold since 2004.
England’s Frazer Clarke and Kamshybek Kunkabayev won super heavyweight bronze.
Meanwhile, Andy Cruz won Cuba’s fourth boxing gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, beating Keyshawn Davis 4-1 in the final.
Cruz beat Davis for the fourth consecutive time in their amateur careers, but he had to rally with an impressive third round after Davis swept second on the judges’ five cards.
Cruz and Davis both showed off the hand speed and athleticism that made them two of Tokyo’s most impressive fighters, but Cruz’s technical skills impressed the judges.
Cruz joined double Olympic gold medalists Roniel Iglesias, Arlen Lopez and Julio Cesar La Cruz with championships in Tokyo.
Kellie Anne Harrington of Ireland defeated Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil to win gold in women’s lightweight boxing at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Ferreira won silver, while Mira Potkonen of Finland and Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand both won bronze medals as losing semi-finalists.