Lavrov claims bronze in fifth games

Updated: August 28, 2004, 5:38 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Russian goalkeeper Andrei Lavrov, playing in his fifth and final Olympics, earned a bronze medal when Russia beat Hungary in men's handball.

Lavrov, 42, won his first Olympic gold medal playing for the Soviet Union in 1988. After the Soviet collapse, Lavrov won another gold in Barcelona in 1992 for the Unified Team. He was part of Russia's fifth-place finish in Atlanta in 1996 and won another gold in 2000.

Lavrov made 15 saves and Eduard Kokcharov scored eight goals to lead Russia.

Spain, led by seven goals from Manuel Colon, beat South Korea to finish in seventh place. Yoon Kyung-shin scored seven for the Koreans.

On the women's side, Ukraine beat 2003 world champion France to win the bronze medal. Maryna Vergelyuk six goals on seven shots for Ukraine, while goalkeeper Nataliya Borysenko made 15 saves.

Spain and Hungary won classification games and will face each other for fifth place Sunday. Bojana Radulovics scored seven goals to lead Hungary past Pan American Games champion Brazil. China and Brazil will play for seventh.

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