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Date: 1/22/2018

The 18th AHF Mens Asian Championship threw-off in Suwon, Korea last Thursday (18th) and after the Preliminary Round completed late on Saturday (20), the Main Round and Placement Matches got underway this morning.


The Preliminary Round stage featured 14 teams split over four groups (Groups A and B, three teams each, Groups C and D, four teams each) across two venues with Bangladesh making their debut in the competition along with the specially-invited Australia and New Zealand teams from Oceania.


Tough start for debutants


Unfortunately, all three new teams faced, arguably, the toughest opponents in Korea in their debut matches with Bangladesh losing against hosts Korea 46:20, Australia defeated by Gudmundur Gudmundssons Bahrain 33:10 and title holders Qatar despatching New Zealand 58:14.


Main Round teams confirmed


After the 18 matches in the first stage of the competition, the teams which will consist of the Main Round and placement matches are now known.


In Group A, Iran were dominant, winning both of their matches to finish top with four points, ahead of Japan in second, on two points, and Uzbekistan, who finished without any points.


Group B saw Bahrain follow Iran, winning both of their games to end on four points, with Oman in second (two points) and Australia rock bottom, pointless, after suffering two defeats.


Group C saw hosts Korea win all their matches to end on six points, ahead of UAE in second (four points), India in third (two points) and Bangladesh bottom, after losing all three of their matches.


Group D saw likely finalists, if not champions, Qatar breeze through all three of their matches to end on six points and in top spot with Saudi Arabia behind them in second with four points, China in third with two points and New Zealand suffering heavy losses in all three of their games.



All times local


Monday 22 January


Main Round: Group 1

15:00      KSA vs IRI

17:00      KOR vs OMA


Main Round: Group 2

19:00      UAE vs BRN

19:00      QAT vs JPN


Placement Round 9-14

15:00      NZL vs UZB

17:00      BAN vs AUS


Tuesday 23 January


Main Round: Group 1

15:00      OMA vs KSA

19:00      IRI vs KOR


Main Round: Group 2

17:00      JPN vs UAE

19:00      BRN vs QAT


Placement Round 9-14

15:00      IND vs NZL

17:00      CHN vs BAN


Wednesday 24 January


Main Round: Group 1

17:00      IRI vs OMA

17:00      KSA vs KOR


Main Round: Group 2

19:00      QAT vs UAE

19:00      JPN vs BRN


Placement Round 9-14

15:00      AUS vs CHN

15:00      UZB vs IND


Thursday 25 January will be a rest day for all teams with Friday 26 January the final day for 7-14 placement matches and the evening set for the two semi-finals (17:00 and 19:00 hrs). Saturday 27 January will be a rest day ahead of the finals days featuring the bronze medal match (17:00) and final (19:00).




Group A

UZB-JPN 27:38 (12:19)

IRI-UZB 37:18 (19:12) 

JPN-IRI 32:37 (14:19) 


Group B

AUS-BRN 10:33 (6:12) 

OMA-AUS 33:19 (16:8) 

BRN-OMA 30:23 (19:8) 


Group C

BAN-KOR 20:46 (8:21) 

IND-UAE 23:41 (10:20) 

IND-KOR 23:35 (11:20) 

BAN-UAE 15:36 (8:17) 

UAE-KOR 20:21 (9:8)

BAN-IND 11:41 (2:19) 


Group D

CHN-KSA 24:30 (11:13) 

NZL-QAT 14:58 (11:27) 

CHN-QAT 19:34 (8:16) 

NZL-KSA 12:42 (6:20) 

NZL-CHN 14:31 (7:16) 

KSA-QAT 20:30 (10:21)

Photos: Asian Handball Federation