South Korea’s women’s team booked its spot to the Olympics by winning the Asian Women’s Handball Olympic Qualification Tournament. The qualification tournament was in a five team round robin format where the highest ranked team qualified to the Olympics. The Asian Women’s Handball Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Nagoya, Japan from October 20th to October 25th 2015.
China was able to start the tournament with a win as they were able to defeat Kazakhstan 28-18. Kazakhstan suffered its second defeat in a row at the hands of South Korea which effectively eliminated its chances for a quota. At the same time Japan defeated China on the second day 29-19 to win its second match.
The third day saw South Korea match Japan’s performance against China as they won 34-22. The win guaranteed only one of South Korea or Japan could qualify to the Olympics. The fourth day nearly saw an upset as Japan was able to survive Kazakhstan by winning narrowly 24-23. The loss ended Kazakhstan’s chances for finishing in at least second place and qualifying to the final Olympic qualification tournament.
While there was no true final the match between South Korea and Japan essentially acted as one. South Korea was able to take control of the match and led 17-11 by half-time. They continued to extend their lead and were able to win the tournament by a score of 35-21. China took the bronze medal after finishing with a record of two wins and two losses.
As the most successful non-European team and one of the most successful overall South Korea will be looking to expand its medal haul after finishing just outside of the podium in 2012. Japan will get a second chance at one of the final Olympic qualification tournaments. China could also book its spot to the tournament if Asia finishes as one of the top two continents at the Women’s Handball World Championship to be held in December.
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- AHF. Asian Women’s Handball Qualification for 2016 Olympic Games – Results Summary. Access on October 25 2015.