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France beats Sweden to keep Olympic handball gold

Updated: August 12, 2012, 3:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- France's lead was trimmed to one on three occasions, and it responded each time.

The French became the first men's handball team to win consecutive Olympic titles when it edged Sweden 22-21 on Sunday.

"I have lived the best day of my life," defender Jerome Fernandez said.

France missed a couple of scoring chances that would have provided some breathing room, but its defense held up for the victory. Thierry Omeyer made 11 saves.

The mass of French supporters in ...

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