Handball at the Summer Olympics


Handball at the Summer Olympics refers to two different sports. Field handball was introduced for men at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, but dropped after that. At the 1952 Olympics, field handball was a demonstration sport. (Indoor) handball was introduced for men at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Women's handball competition was introduced at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Handball at the Summer Olympics
Governing bodyIHF
Events2 (men: 1; women: 1)
Games
  • 1896
  • 1900
  • 1904
  • 1908
  • 1912
  • 1920

Men


Summary

Year Host Gold medal match Bronze medal match Teams
Gold medalists Score Silver medalists Bronze medalists Score 4th place finishers
1936[note 1]
Details

Berlin

Germany
Round robin
Austria

Switzerland
Round robin
Hungary
6
1972
Details

Munich

Yugoslavia
21–16
Czechoslovakia

Romania
19–16
East Germany
16
1976
Details

Montreal

Soviet Union
19–15
Romania

Poland
21–18
West Germany
11
1980
Details

Moscow

East Germany
23–22 (ET)
Soviet Union

Romania
20–18
Hungary
12
1984
Details

Los Angeles

Yugoslavia
18–17
West Germany

Romania
23–19
Denmark
12
1988
Details

Seoul

Soviet Union
32–25
South Korea

Yugoslavia
27–23
Hungary
12
1992
Details

Barcelona

Unified Team
22–20
Sweden

France
24–20
Iceland
12
1996
Details

Atlanta

Croatia
27–26
Sweden

Spain
27–25
France
12
2000
Details

Sydney

Russia
28–26
Sweden

Spain
26–22
Yugoslavia
12
2004
Details

Athens

Croatia
26–24
Germany

Russia
28–26
Hungary
12
2008
Details

Beijing

France
28–23
Iceland

Spain
35–29
Croatia
12
2012
Details

London

France
22–21
Sweden

Croatia
33–26
Hungary
12
2016
Details

Rio

Denmark
28–26
France

Germany
31–25
Poland
12
2020
Details

Tokyo
12

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 France2114
2 Soviet Union2103
3 Croatia2013
 Yugoslavia2013
5 Germany1214
6 Russia1012
7 Denmark1001
 East Germany1001
 Unified Team1001
10 Sweden0404
11 Romania0134
12 Austria0101
 Czechoslovakia0101
 Iceland0101
 South Korea0101
16 Spain0033
17 Poland0011
  Switzerland0011
Totals (18 nations)13131339

Participating nations

Nation
1936

1972

1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004

2008

2012

2016

2020

2024

2028
Years
 Algeria 10th12th10th10th4
 Argentina 10th10thQ3
 Australia 12th1
 Austria 2nd1
 Bahrain Q1
 Brazil 12th11th10th11th7thQ6
 Canada 11th1
 China 12th1
 Croatia 1st1st4th3rd5th5
 Cuba 11th11th2
 Czechoslovakia 2nd7th6th9th4
 Denmark 13th8th9th4th7th6th1stQ8
 East Germany 4th1st7th3
 Egypt 11th6th7th12th10th9thQ7
 France 3rd4th6th5th1st1st2ndQQ9
 Germany 1st10th7th5th2nd9th3rdQ8
 Great Britain 12th1
 Greece 6th1
 Hungary 4th8th6th4th4th7th4th4th8
 Iceland 12th6th8th4th9th2nd5th7
 Japan 11th9th10th11thQ5
 Kuwait 12th12th2
 Norway 9thQ2
 Poland 10th3rd7th5th4th5
 Portugal Q1
 Qatar 8th1
 Romania 5th3rd2nd3rd3rd8th6
 Russia 5th1st3rd6th4
 Serbia 9th1
 Slovenia 8th11th6th3
 South Korea 11th2nd6th9th8th8th11th7
 Soviet Union 5th1st2nd1st4
 Spain 15th5th8th9th5th3rd3rd7th3rd7thQ11
 Sweden 7th5th5th2nd2nd2nd2nd11thQ9
  Switzerland 3rd8th7th8th4
 Tunisia 16thWD10th8th12th5
Unified Team 1st1
 United States 6th14th10th9th12th9thQ7
 West Germany 6th4th2nd3
 Yugoslavia 1st5th6th1st3rd4th6
Total6161212121212121212121212121212

Women


Summary

Year Host Gold medal match Bronze medal match Teams
Gold medalists Score Silver medalists Bronze medalists Score 4th place finishers
1976
Details

Montreal

Soviet Union
Round robin
East Germany

Hungary
Round robin
Romania
6
1980
Details

Moscow

Soviet Union
Round robin
Yugoslavia

East Germany
Round robin
Hungary
6
1984
Details

Los Angeles

Yugoslavia
Round robin
South Korea

China
Round robin
West Germany
6
1988
Details

Seoul

South Korea
Round robin
Norway

Soviet Union
Round robin
Yugoslavia
8
1992
Details

Barcelona

South Korea
28–21
Norway

Unified Team
24–20
Germany
8
1996
Details

Atlanta

Denmark
37–33 (ET)
South Korea

Hungary
20–18
Norway
8
2000
Details

Sydney

Denmark
31–27
Hungary

Norway
22–21
South Korea
10
2004
Details

Athens

Denmark
34–34 (ET, pen: 4–2)
South Korea

Ukraine
21–18
France
10
2008
Details

Beijing

Norway
34–27
Russia

South Korea
33–28
Hungary
12
2012
Details

London

Norway
26–23
Montenegro

Spain
31–29
South Korea
12
2016
Details

Rio

Russia
22–19
France

Norway
36–26
Netherlands
12
2020
Details

Tokyo
12

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Denmark3003
2 South Korea2316
3 Norway2226
4 Soviet Union2013
5 Russia1102
 Yugoslavia1102
7 Hungary0123
8 East Germany0112
9 France0101
 Montenegro0101
11 China0011
 Spain0011
 Ukraine0011
 Unified Team0011
Totals (14 nations)11111133

Participating nations

Nation
1976

1980

1984

1988

1992

1996

2000

2004

2008

2012

2016

2020

2024

2028
Years
 Angola 7th9th9th12th10th8thQ7
 Argentina 12th1
 Australia 10th1
 Austria 6th5th5th3
 Brazil 8th7th9th6th5thQ6
 Canada 6th1
 China 3rd6th5th8th6th5
 Congo 6th1
 Croatia 7th1
 Czechoslovakia 5th5th2
 Denmark 1st1st1st9th4
 East Germany 2nd3rd2
 France 6th4th5th5th2ndQQ7
 Germany 4th6th11th3
 Great Britain 12th1
 Greece 10th1
 Hungary 3rd4th3rd2nd5th4thQ7
 Ivory Coast 8th1
 Japan 5thQ2
 Kazakhstan 10th1
 Montenegro 2nd11thQ3
 Netherlands 4thQ2
 Nigeria 8th1
 Norway 2nd2nd4th3rd1st1st3rdQ8
 Romania 4th7th7th9th4
 Russia 2nd8th1stQ4
 South Korea 2nd1st1st2nd4th2nd3rd4th10thQ10
 Soviet Union 1st1st3rd3
 Spain 7th6th3rd6thQ5
 Sweden 8th11th7thQ4
 Ukraine 3rd1
Unified Team 3rd1
 United States 5th7th6th8thQ5
 West Germany 4th1
 Yugoslavia 2nd1st4th3
Total6668881010121212121212

Combined medal table


RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union (URS)4116
2 Denmark (DEN)4004
3 Yugoslavia (YUG)3115
4 South Korea (KOR)2417
5 Norway (NOR)2226
6 France (FRA)2215
7 Russia (RUS)2114
8 Croatia (CRO)2013
9 East Germany (GDR)1113
 Germany (GER)1113
11 Unified Team (EUN)1012
12 Sweden (SWE)0404
13 Romania (ROU)0134
14 Hungary (HUN)0123
15 Austria (AUT)0101
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0101
 Iceland (ISL)0101
 Montenegro (MNE)0101
 West Germany (FRG)0101
20 Spain (ESP)0044
21 China (CHN)0011
 Poland (POL)0011
 Switzerland (SUI)0011
 Ukraine (UKR)0011
Totals (24 nations)24242472

See also


References and notes


  1. In 1936, it was played as Field handball.