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Qatar emerge as ‘Kings of Asia’ in handball for the fourth time

Qatar emerge as ‘Kings of Asia’ in handball for the fourth time

Tribune News Network
DOHA
Defending champions Qatar claimed the Asian Men’s Handball Championship for a fourth time on the trot with a one-sided 33-21 victory against nine-time champions South Korea in Kuwait City on Monday.
Watched by Qatar Olympic Committee President His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani, the first-half at the Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Sports Hall Complex the first-half much more contesting as 12-time finalists South Korea went 3-1 ahead and continued to resist the champions.
Qatar soon tied the scores and began to build the gap. At a stage, they were 9-7 up but South Korea managed to level the scores. But in the closing stages, Qatar changed the gears and created a three-goal cushion before the interval (14-11).
But coached by Valero Rivera, Qatar went on a scoring spree in the second-half with their pace, planning and penetration.
They shocked the opponents and completed the victory to avenge their heart-breaking 22-23 loss in the 2012 final in Jeddah.
This was the second final between former world championship silver medallists Qatar and South Korea. Overall, it was the fifth final in a row for Qatar, who emerged the winners in 2014, 2016 and 2018 after beating Bahrain on all the three occasions.
Earlier, Japan held off Bahrain 27-26 to win the third place.
Qatar, South Korea, Japan and Bahrain had already qualified for the World Championships, to be held in Cairo, Egypt next year.
HE Sheikh Joaan later honoured the top three-finishing teams with medals and trophies.
Hassan Mabrouk, Ahmad Madadi, Rafael Capote, Frankis Marjo, Danijel Saric, Abdelrah Abdalla, Mohamed Abidi, Marwane Sassi, Allaed Berrached, Wajdi Sinen, Mario Tomic, Yassine Sami, Youssef Benali, Mahmoud Hassaballa, Anis Zouaoui and Ameen Zakkar represented Qatar.

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