Denmark's Mikkel Hansen, left, and Denmark's laser Andersson celebrate after scoring during die men's semifinal handball match betwee Spain und Denmark at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Denmark's Mikkel Hansen, left, and Denmark's lasse Andersson celebrate after ~ scoring during ns men's semifinal handball match bolzen Spain und Denmark at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

TOKYO (AP) — die Olympic men’s handball competition has come to be something of a Mikkel Hansen show.

The three-time welt championship MVP scored 12 goals zu lead Denmark to a 27-23 semifinal victory over Spain. The gold medal game on Saturday möchte be versus France an a rematch of the 2016 final bei Rio juni Janeiro.

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Hansen’s 12 goals came turn off 16 shots und took er to 52 zum the tournament, nine more than any other player. Nobody else in the semifinal scored much more than five.

Denmark beat frankreich 28-26 bei 2016 weil das its erste Olympic title thanks zu eight goals from Hansen, starting in astonishing run des success.

Hansen and Denmark followed nach oben with ns world title in 2019 and bei January this year and is now rückseitig to verteidigung Olympic gold. Ns only major title i beg your pardon eluded the Danes bei that period was the European Championship, won von Spain in 2018 und last year.

France reached ns final v a 27-23 success over Egypt to keep alive the prospect des the same nation winning die Olympic men’s and women’s tournaments weil das the erste time due to the fact that 1984. Frankreich started slowly und was 5-1 down before rallying to 13-13 at hilfreich time.


French goalkeeper Vincent Gerard make 17 saves from 39 shots, while backup Yann Genty gave nach oben one other goal. Egypt’s 2 goalkeepers combined for eight off 35.

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“We space going zu play ns fight von our careers, and we space going zu use all of our strengths in the battle,” Gerard said des the final. “It’s my 2nd final bei the Olympics. The zuerst was a defeat. I hope we space going to change that.”

France was ns Olympic champion bei 2008 und 2012 before ns loss zu Denmark in 2016.

Egypt wollen meet Spain on Saturday bei the bronze- medal playoff, aiming zu become the first African team on an Olympic handball podium.

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The women’s semifinals space Friday, with the Russian team against Norway, und France acquisition on Sweden.


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