France Women win World Championship

December 19, 2017

France raise the 23rd IHF Women’s World Championship trophy in Hamburg after a thrilling victory over Norway.

Photo Credit: Sascha Klahn

France claimed their second senior world title of the year on Sunday evening in a sold-out Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, as they defeated Norway 23:21 in the 23rd IHF Women’s World Championship final. The victory for the women’s team comes after the men’s side beat Norway in the France 2017 trophy match in Paris in January. It is the nation’s third World Championship gold medal of the year as the men’s Youth team also won the Under 19 event in Georgia in August.

For the France women’s team, it is the third top-three finish at a major international tournament in 18 months, after they claimed their first Olympic medal (silver) in Rio de Janeiro last August, then bronze at the EHF EURO 2016 one year ago. The Women’s World Championship trophy is the second in France’s history, ending a 14-year wait after the first in 2003.

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