Norway and Montenegro celebrate gold and silver in women's handball final

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 August, 2012, 9:38pm


Norway and Montenegro women celebrate gold and silver in style

Champions Norway unfurled an enormous flag on court while Montenegro celebrated their country's first Olympic medal as the women's handball tournament came to a spectacular end. The title holders reigned supreme during a tough physical encounter against the tiny Balkan nation, winning 26-23 to defend their Beijing gold and send the large Norwegian support delirious with joy. "I felt like I was playing in Norway today," world player of the year Heidi Loke said. Prime Minister Igor Luksic, who has been supporting Montenegro's athletes in London, said: "I'm probably one of the proudest prime ministers in the world right now." Spain won the bronze, their first Olympic women's handball medal, with a thrilling 31-29 double extra-time defeat of South Korea.