Final obstacle on road to Rio – The Post

Final obstacle on road to Rio

Will the Danish men’s handball team do better than the women in the qualification for The Olympic Games in Rio? Follow the result Friday at 20:00. (photo: Steindy)
April 8th, 2016 7:00 am| by Christian Wenande

Last month, the Danish women’s handball team failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer. And now, it’s time for the men to give it a go.

Again, it won’t be easy. The Danes may have one of the strongest teams in the world and home advantage for the qualification tournament, but they face Croatia and Norway – two teams in form.

Stellar pedigree
Croatia not only reached the semis of Euro 2016 recently, but boasts a storied Olympic history.

The Balkan nation won gold in 1996 in Atlanta and 2004 in Athens, bronze in London in 2012 and finished fourth in Beijing in 2008.

Two semi-finalists
Norway also reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 by beating Croatia, France and Poland, before narrowly losing to eventual champions Germany.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s best Olympic showing came in 1984 when they came fourth in Los Angeles, and they didn’t qualify again until 2008.

The drama will unfold over three nights at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning from April 8-10 and all the matches (Croatia, Norway, Bahrain) will be shown on TV2 at 20:30.

Find out more at the CPH POST Sports Calendar.

Sports Calendar

Handball: Olympic Qualifiers (m)
Fri 8 April, 20:00
Denmark vs Croatia
Boxen, Herning

Artistic Gymnastics (w)
Sat 9 April, 10:00
Danish Championship
Grøndal Multicenter

Football: Superliga (m)
Sun 10 April, 18:00
Brøndby vs OB
Brøndby Stadion

Swimming: Nationals (m/w)
Wed 13 April, 21:00
Denmark Open
Bellahøj Swimming Stadion

Find out more at the CPH POST Sports Calendar.