The Spanish team celebrates the qualification for the Games after beating Argentina.Juan Carlos Cárdenas / EFE
The Spanish women's handball team established itself in the world elite and obtained the ticket for the Tokyo Olympic Games with a resounding victory against Argentina (16- 31). Spain, which had tied with Sweden on the first day, won the Pre-Olympic held in Llíria (Valencia) by overcoming the difference of 13 goals that Sweden had achieved against the Argentine team. It will be the fifth Olympic event in history for the Spanish team, the third in a row. In his previous participations he was seventh in Barcelona-92, sixth in Athens-2004, bronze medal in London-2012 and sixth in Rio-2016. The Spanish team, with Marta López (7 goals), Carmen Martín (6) and Nerea Pena (5) as the most outstanding scorers and with a great performance from their goalkeeper Darly Zoqbi, marked distances from minute 18, when the Argentines were still resisted (8-9)
Twelve teams will compete in the Olympic tournament: Japan (host team), Netherlands (world champion), France (European champion), Brazil (Pan American champion), Angola (African champion), South Korea (Asian champion) and the qualifiers in the Pre-Olympic: Spain, Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Montenegro and Norway
The Spanish team led by Carlos Viver will compete in Japan after a troubled year. For the purposes of the pandemic, it was necessary to add the suspension of the Pre-Olympic a year ago, the postponement of the Games and the weak role of Spain in the European Championship that was played in December, in which it ended in ninth position. the women's handball team extends Spanish success in team sports. In Tokyo, Spain will compete with the men's and women's basketball, handball, water polo, field hockey and gymnastics teams, as well as the men's soccer team. You can also classify the artistic swimming team that will compete in the Pre-Olympic, from April 30 to May 5 in Tokyo
Serious injuries to Dujshbaev and Ariño
The classification of the women's handball team contrasts with the bad news for two members of the men's team that will compete in the Games. Dani Dujshebaev, 23, tore his ACL in a game between Kielce, his team, and Wisla Plock, and will be out for nine months. Dujshebaev already tore the same ligament in the 2019 World Cup. Aitor Ariño, the Barça international winger, broke the anterior crusader of his left knee on Saturday in the match against Cantabria Sinfín. Ariño will have to undergo surgery and the Barça club will then report on the withdrawal period, although it is likely that he will also miss the Games.
Argentina, 16; Spain, 31
Argentina: Carratú; Graciela García (1), Crivelli (-), Gandulfo (-), Mena (1), Karsten (4, 3p) and Bolling (3). Starting team-; Niño (ps), Pizzo (1p), Menéndez (-), Mendoza (1), Gavilán (-), Cavo (3), Sans (2), Casasola (-) and Pedernera (-).
Spain: Navarro; Carmen Martín (6, 3p), Mireya González (2), Alicia Fernández (3), Pena (5), 3p), Jennifer Gutiérrez (1) and Ainhoa Hernández (2) -starting team- Zoqbi (ps), Marta López (7), Arderius (1), Eli Cesáreo (2), Lara González (-), Sole López (1), Almudena Rodríguez (1), Musons (-) and Tchaptchet (-).
Score every five minutes: 0 -3, 3-5, 5-8, 9-11, 9-15 and 10-19 (Rest) 12-21, 14-23, 15-25, 16-27, 16-30 and 16-31 (Final )
Referees: Lemes and Sosa (Uruguay). They excluded Gandulfo, Pizzo (2), Bolling, Mireya González (2), Eli Cesáreo, Musons and Almudena Rodrígueza for two minutes.
Pla de l'Arc de Llíria (Valencia). A closed door.
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