France beat Russia towin women’s European handball gold

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PARIS, France

France’s handball world champions edged Russia 24-21 during a tense final in Paris on Sunday to win the women’s European championship in front of a delighted home crowd.

Left-back Alexandra Lacrabère was the top scorer for the hosts as they led from start to finish.

Their Victory means they are now automatically qualified for the next Olympics in Tokyo, where they will enter the contest as hot favorites.