South Korea ready for the Olympics – Handballkanalen

Migyeong Lee. Photo: Carl Sandin / BILDBYRÅN

Henrik Signell’s South Korea is ready for the 2024 Olympics. The team beat Japan in the deciding match of the Asian Olympic qualifiers by 25-24.

In April, it became official that Henrik Signell was the new captain of the South Korean national team. The Confederation’s objective was clear. The Olympic qualification would be won and South Korea would be one of the teams qualified for the Paris championship.

If the goal was not achieved, the contract would be terminated immediately, but if Signell managed to take South Korea to the Olympics, the contract would be extended beyond the championship.

After months of preparation, Wednesday was the day the fate of Signell and South Korea would be decided. On the other side of the pack were Japan who, like South Korea, went undefeated in the qualifiers. Today’s match has thus become a group final, the winner of which goes directly to the Olympics.

Japan were convincing in the first half, which they won 15-14. For South Korea, the conditions were therefore simple: the second period had to be won by two balls. And of course they fixed it.

South Korea got a better hit in the second half and eventually won the game 25-24. Thus, South Korea is ready for the 2024 Olympics and Signell’s contract is extended.

Japan scorers: Natsuki Aizawa 9, Chikako Kasai 4, Kaho Nakayama 4, Haruno Sasaki 3, Yuki Yoshidome 3, Sora Ishikawa 1

South Korea scorers: Boeun Gim 6, Kyungmin Kang 4, Eunhee Ryu 4, Eunjoo Shin 4, Migyeong Lee 3, Seinhwa Kim 1, Minseo Kim 1, Eunhye Kang 1, Hyesoo Song 1

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