Norway have captured the gold medal in women's handball for the second consecutive Olympic games, defeating Montenegro 26-23 in the final. The Norwegians barely qualified for the knockout stage of the competition, finishing in fourth place in their group, but they ripped off three consecutive impressive wins to capture gold.
The match got off to a slow start, but the goals started pouring in around seven minutes into the match. It was close throughout, with Norway holding a narrow lead over Montenegro through most of the game. The eventual silver medalists had the game tied with under 10 minutes to go and came back within one goal multiple times after that, but Norway pulled away late, scoring the last two goals of the game.
Linn Jorum Sulland led the way for Norway with 10 goals on 14 shots. Katarina Bulatovic of Montenegro was also very impressive with 10 goals on 13 shots, but had less support from her teammates.
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