Let the handball games begin

By Bogdan Pasat | July 28, 2012, 9:50 p.m. (ET)

And the race for the Olympic team handball gold is on in London.

The women's brackets headlined the handball action in London today and there were a few surprises.

The shocker of the day's competition came courtesy of France, who - live on NBC!!! - dropped the reigning gold medalists Norway 24:23 in Group B. Don't let anyone tell you that it's just a group stage match. This loss will sting Norway but in no way will it diminish their chance for a repeat. France however, served notice that their European and World Championship form may translate into a medal in London

Representing PATHF and the Americas, the Brasil women surprised Croatia 24:23 in the 1st match of Group A. This is a huge victory for Brasil, considering PATHF representatives have rarely, if ever, fared well against European teams in any tournaments.

Also in Group A, and somewhat of a surprise was Russia's 30:27 hard fought victory over Angola. With a little luck and some tactical savvy - Angola could have pulled quite a result against the Eastern European power house. And for the record, Angola showcased some great handball - a mixture of speed and tenacity rarely seen outside of Europe. Also in Group A, Montenegro (USATH's "Dark Horse" of the women's competition) displaced the hosts, Great Britain 31:19.

In the other games of Group B South Korea defeated Spain 31:27 and Denmark winning a defensive minded game against neighboring Sweden 21:18


NBCOlympics.com will stream LIVE every single handball match from the 2012 London Olympics.
In order to watch the games on your computer or multimedia internet TV, you must follow the setup process.
Point your browser to the NBCOlympics.com LIVE EXTRA feature page.
Once there - you will be asked to identify your cable provider
You will then be asked to enter your account name/number along with your password
Once authenticated, you'll be ready to watch LIVE team handball from the London Olympic


On Sunday, it's the men's turn. 
In the US, MSNBC will air Croatia and South Korea at 6:15 Eastern. The game is pre-recorded.
Here is the lineup of the Sunday's matches. For games and times - please click here

Sunday's games