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Date: 3/24/2015
 

Jakarta, Indonesia was the setting of the 15th Asian Women’s Championship, which took place from 14 to 23 March, and Korea was the dominant winner of the competition clearly justifying their roles as favourites.

 

Korea proved to be the strongest team of the event from the preliminary phase on as they clearly defeated all their competitors in group A. They opened the tournament with a victory against Iran, then outclassed India which opened the path to their third and final victory in the preliminary round against traditional rivals Japan (32:20).

 

In the meantime, in Group B it was China and Kazakhstan who called the shots as they both showed class defeating their rivals from Group B. China defeated Uzbekistan in their first game, then Hong Kong and hosts Indonesia in order to qualify for the semi-finals before their last game of the preliminary round against strong Kazakhstan. On the other hand, the Kazakh team opened the tournament with a clear victory against neighbours Uzbekistan, managed to raise their level against Indonesia, and finally defeated Hong Kong before their final group encounter against China, which decided which team would be avoiding Korea in the semi-finals. Kazakhstan was the better team in this important match and won the game by 33:29, after their best player Aleksandrova scored amazing 14 goals in the Chinese net.

 

In the semi-finals Korea continued their successful hunt for the Trophy and defeated China 42:23 led by Jung-yu Ra who scored 7 goals, while Japan surprised with a magnificent performance against Kazakhstan and secured a convincing 37:21 victory, thus scheduling a re-match with their Korean rivals in the final.

 

The bronze medal match was of great importance as its winner would qualify for the 2015 Women’s Handball World Championship in Denmark. China learned from their defeat against Kazakhstan in the preliminary round and started the game strongly already leading 18:9 after 30 minutes. The girls from Kazakhstan, led by their best scorer Aleksandrova who had double digits once again (11 goals), tried to push back in the second half but only managed a three goal defeat. The final score: China – Kazakhstan 28:25 (18:9).

 

The final match was once again a display of Korean flair, as the defending champion opened the game strongly and had a ten goal advantage already at the half time break. In the second half, they continued their fast-paced game and, led by Lee Eun-bi who scored seven times, finished the game with a victory. Final score: Korea – Japan 36:22 (18:8)

 

The results of the 15th Asian Women’s Handball Championship mean that the teams of Korea, Japan and China have qualified for the 2015 Women’s World Championship in Denmark, while Kazakhstan will seek their chance in the final qualification tournament together with Algeria and the best non-qualified teams from Pan America and Oceania.

 

The full results summary and ranking of the 15th Asian Women’s Championship can be found on the following link:

http://awhc2015-indonesia.com/page/79365/results-and-schedules.html


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