Denmark repeat as handball world champs

In a tight final against their close rivals Sweden, the Danes win 26-24 to set themselves up with a chance to make history in 2023

Two years ago, Denmark embarked on a World Championship campaign in search of their first title.

They opened the tournament in 2019 by beating Chile … and they haven’t lost a World Championship game since.

Not only did they go undefeated to win in 2019, but they’ve managed to do the same again in 2021 in Cairo.

In a tight final against upstart neighbours Sweden, the Danes came up on top 26-24.

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A chance for history in 2023
World star Mikkel Hansen scored seven goals for the Danes, but it was keeper Niklas Landin who was the big hero of the night, making several big saves to deny the Sweden in the second half.

Earlier today, Spain beat France for the bronze.

Denmark becomes just the fourth country to repeat as world champs, joining Sweden (1954-58), Romania (twice: 1961-64, 1970-74) and France (2009-11 and 2015-17).

No country has won three times in a row, but the Danes will get the chance in the 2023 edition, cohosted by Sweden and Poland.





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