BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Mikkel Hansen scored nine goals Sunday to help Denmark win the European handball championship with a 21-19 victory over Serbia.
The victory before roughly 20,000 fans at the Belgrade Arena also secured Denmark at spot at this year's London Olympics.
The 2008 champions set the pace from the start, scoring first and never trailing throughout the match. Hansen scored four of the last five goals for Denmark to help hold off the hosts, who reached the final for the first time since gaining independence.
The fast-paced sport of handball debuted at the 1936 Berlin Games and returned after a 36-year hiatus to become a program staple of the past four decades. In London, the tournament will feature an Olympics-high dozen men's and women's teams for the second straight Games. Learn how they will pass and dribble a ball a little smaller, but heavier, than a volleyball and explore the basics of six outfielders and one goalie doing battle in a thrilling 60-minute contest of skill, will and determination.