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Russia and South Korea tie in handball opener

Aug. 09, 2008, 12:25 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Russia and South Korea were deadlocked at the end of the highest-profile matchup on Saturday's women's handball slate.

South Korea, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, and Russia, the 2007 world champion, finished with 29 goals apiece in the allotted 60 minutes of play.

Russia led 16-13 at halftime and increased that margin to 26-18 with 16 minutes to play before the South Koreans rallied. Ona Kim scored five of her seven goals during an 8-0 run that tied the score at 26.

South Korea's Park Chunghee scored with just over a minute left to tie the score at 29.

Norway defeated host China 30-23 in another opener. Norway's Gro Hammerseng scored on all seven of her shots.

France defeated Angola 32-21 in the opening game of the day. France led 21-18 in the 44th minute before dominating the latter stages. Sophie Hebrecht scored eight goals for the French.

Hungary pulled away late to beat Sweden 30-24. Hungary led 22-21 in the 46th minute before Tomori Zsuzsanna scored three of her six goals in the final 15 minutes to help stretch the advantage.

Romania routed Kazakhstan 31-19. The Romanians scored the first three goals and never trailed, though their lead was just 13-12 early in the second half. Kazakhstan's Olga Ajiderskaya led all scorers with 10 goals.

In the final game of the evening, Germany held off Brazil 24-22.