S. Korea misses handball bronze after double OT loss to Spain
South Korea lost to Spain 31-29 in double overtime in the women's handball bronze medal match Saturday at the London Olympics.
Elisabeth Pinedo Saenz and Jessica Alonso Bernardo scored two late goals in the second of the 10-minute extra period, and two goalkeepers combined to stop six of 11 South Korean penalty shots to give Spain the bronze.
South Korea entered the London Games having won a women's handball medal in six of the past seven Olympics.
The team ended 60 minutes of regulation tied at 24-24. In the first extra period, Spain's Macarena Aguilar Diaz scored the go-ahead goal with one minute left for a 28-27 lead, but Jung Ji-hae answered with her first score of the game.
Spain held the final possession but Marta Mangue Gonzalez sailed her shot above the crossbar in the dying moments.
Then in the second overtime, Nely Alberto Francisca and Jung traded goals early, but South Korea went scoreless in the final six minutes.
Backup goalkeeper Mihaela Ciobanu came into the game for penalty situations and turned away four of the five she faced, including three during double overtime.
Alberto Francisca and Negona Fernandez Molinos had five goals apiece to lead Spain. Gwon Han-na had seven goals for the losing side.
South Korea trailed for most of the second half, and Choi Im-jeong tied the score for South Korea at 24-24 with 50 seconds left in regulation. Goalkeeper Ju Hui denied Begona Fernandez Molinos on Spain's ensuing possession, but Jo Hyo-bi's goal on the other end couldn't beat the buzzer.
South Korea lost to Norway in the semis earlier this week. It had beaten Spain 31-27 in the group play on July 28. (Yonhap)