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France beats Iceland for gold in men's handball

Aug. 24, 2008, 5:39 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) France has won the last gold medal of the Beijing Games, beating Iceland 28-23 in men's team handball to deny the small Nordic country its first gold in an Olympic event.

Nikola Karabatic scored eight goals Sunday for the French, who led 15-10 after the first half and never let Iceland come close in the second. Goalie Thierry Omeyer made nine saves in the first half to help France build its lead.

As the clock ticked down and France maintained its advantage, Omeyer waved his hands toward his country's large cheering section at the other end of the court, urging the fans on.

Iceland settled for the silver medal, still its best showing in any event since 1956. Iceland has won four medals at Olympics over the years, two silver and two bronze.

Spain beat Croatia 35-29 to take the bronze.

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