Final: Russia won the gold medals of the World Championship!

31.07.2016, AEGON ARÉNA NTC – The climax of the tournament was as it should be! In the battle of the two best teams of the World Championship, Russia were better – especially in the second half – and beat Denmark 30:22 (15:13).
During the World Championship, Russia and Denmark demonstrated great and mostly consistent performance, so they deservedly faced each other in the fight for gold. The first half of the final brought about a quality game, but perhaps there was too much nervousness on both sides. The players were aware that their morale had an important role. Who had a better ten-minute spell, was in the lead. At first, the Russians went in front (3:1), later the Danes were better 10:7. Then Russia increased the tempo and took the lead 14:11. Before the second half, nothing was decided.
The key moment of the match took place after 10 minutes of the second half. The Danes reduced the gap to 16:19, but then failed to score for a few minutes (also due to the Russian goalkeeper Orlova), and allowed their opponents to create an eight-goal decisive lead. Those who have seen the consistent Russia’s performance during the tournament, realized that everything was decided… Fantastic individualities in the team coached by Kirilenko already could not miss their golden success. Congratulations to the deserved world champion!
Viacheslav Kirilenko, Russia coach: „One word? Joy! We played very well in defense. Honestly we had prepared a number of defense systems that can flexibly change, and it helped us to win this final. I am also happy for my girls, because they suffered a lot with me, but the title of world champions is for me definitely the best reward. “
Heine Mogensen Eriksen, Denmark coach: „Both teams were nervous during the match, especially in the first half. Russian players are physically stronger than us, which was very important. I must admit that this Russian team is in my view currently at a higher level of skill than the next 4-5 teams. Congratulations to the winners. We will now work even harder to beat Russia. “
Emma Cecilie Uhrskov Friis, the best player of Denmark: „Russia had an upper hand physically, I think the difference was huge. They have some amazing individuals in the team and we were not able to deal with them. „

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