Russia, Norway to play in women's handball final

Aug. 21, 2008, 1:44 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Gro Hammerseng scored as time expired to lead Norway to a 29-28 win over South Korea on Thursday in the Olympic women's handball semifinals.

Russia defeated Hungary 22-20 in the other semifinal to remain unbeaten in Olympic play. Norway and Russia will play for gold on Saturday.

Neither Norway nor Russia has ever won a gold medal in women's handball. Norway earned silver medals in 1988 and 1992 and the bronze in 2000. The Unified Team won bronze in 1992, and the Soviet Union earned bronze in 1988.

South Korea and Hungary will play for the bronze medal.

Norway led for most of the second half until South Korea's Moon Pil-hee tied the score at 28 with fewer than five seconds to play.

Hammerseng and Kari Mette Johnson led the way with six goals each for Norway, while Pil-hee scored nine goals for South Korea.

Irina Bliznova and Irina Poltoratskaya both scored seven goals for Russia in its win over Hungary, which was led by Timea Toth's five goals.

China beat Sweden 20-19 and France beat Romania 36-34 in two extra periods Thursday to set up the fifth-place match.

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