Handball: Germany crushes Polish hopes of Olympic medal
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish men’s handball team missed out on a bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after losing 25:31 to Germany on Sunday.
Poland's Michał Daszek (centre) in action against Germany. Photo: PAP/Adam Warżawa
Germany proved relentless in punishing Poland for mistakes, opening up a lead which the Poles were unable to claw back.
Struggling to hold back tears, Polish goalkeeper Piotr Wyszomirski told reporters after the game: "We wanted to fight until the very end. There maybe was a bit of a chance towards the end but we didn't make the most of our opportunities."
Poland had been hoping for their second-ever Olympic handball medal. In 1976 in Montreal, the Polish team finished third. On Sunday in Rio, they had to settle for fourth place.
France were later on Sunday to play Denmark in the final.
Poland has won 11 medals in Rio in total: two golds, three silvers and six bronzes.