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Date: 1/21/2012

The African Championship in Rabat, Morocco, ended with Gold medals for the defending champions: The Angolan women and the Tunisian men not only became African champions again, but also qualified directly for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


The Angolans wrote history: Thanks to their 26:24 (12:12) final victory against Tunisia they won their eighth consecutive African championship title and qualified for the fifth straight time for Olympic Games since 1996. Tunisia is qualified as African representative for the Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments, played 25-27 May. DR Congo secured their first ever medal at an African Championship, as they beat Algeria in the Bronze final 33:24 (14:8) and qualified (like Angola and Tunisia) for the 2013 Women’s World Championship in Serbia.


Final ranking of the men’s tournament:

Gold: Tunisia, Silver: Algeria, Bronze: Egypt

4. Morocco, 5. Senegal, 6. Angola, 7. Cameroon, 8. DR Congo, 9. Congo, 10. Ivory Coast, 11. Gabon, 12. Burkina Faso

After 1972 and 2000 the Tunisian men have qualified for an Olympic Handball tournament. In the final of the African Championships in Rabat they took a sovereign victory against the Algerians, who had beaten Egypt in the semi-finals. The final result of 23:20 was much closer than the run-down of the match, as the Tunisians had led 12:6 at the break. Algeria is qualified for the Olympic Qualification Tournaments, played on 6-8 April. After their surprising elimination in the semis, Egypt hammered host Morocco in a one-sided semi-final 29:15 (16:5) and qualified for the 2013 Men’s World Championship in Spain like the two finalists.



Final ranking of the women’s tournament:

Gold: Angola, Silver: Tunisia, Bronze: DR Congo

4. Algeria, 5. Cameroon, 6. Congo, 7. Ivory Coast, 8. Senegal

After the end of the African Championship the women’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments are finalized. Thanks to the Angola direct qualification for London, the team from the Netherlands qualified for those tournaments as second best team from the European championship 2010, as now Montenegro is not qualified from the EURO, but from the 2011 World Championship in Brazil.


The three Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments, played 25-27 May:

Tournament 1 (in France): France, Montenegro, Romania, Japan

Tournament 2 (in Spain): Spain, Croatia, Argentina, Netherlands

Tournament 3 (in Denmark): Denmark, Russia, Tunisia, Dominican Republic


The final composition of the Men’s Olympic qualification tournaments, played 6-8 April, will be known after the final of the current European Championship in Serbia. This is the current status:

Tournament 1 (in Denmark): Denmark, Hungary, Europe 1 (will be decided at European Championship), Algeria

Tournament 2 (in Spain): Spain, Iceland, Brazil, Europe 2 (will be decided at European Championship)

Tournament 3 (in Sweden):  Sweden, Croatia, Japan, Chile

The whole constellation can change, depending on what team will become European Champion.