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France became the first country to retain the Olympic title in men's handball when they beat Sweden

Updated: Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 16:53 | Comments

France's rightwing Luc Abalo attempts to shoot past Sweden's goalkeeper Johan Sjostrand during the Men's Handball final
France's rightwing Luc Abalo attempts to shoot past Sweden's goalkeeper Johan Sjostrand during the Men's Handball final

France have written themselves into the history books after becoming the first country to retain the Olympic title in men's handball following a nervy one-goal victory in the final against Sweden.

Les Bleus, who won gold in Beijing four years ago and are also reigning world champions, survived a late Scandinavian comeback to cement their place as the greatest team of all time.

The win was built on a rigid and powerful defence while Michael Guigou was the hero at the other end, throwing in five goals.

For Sweden, while silver represents a success having no sizeable pre-tournament expectations, it was the fourth time they have taken second spot on the Olympic podium as their wait for an elusive gold medal continues.

It was just not their day today as they found life tough against the French defence, though six goals from Niklas Ekberg took him to 50 for the tournament as they pushed the champions all the way.

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