28 Jan 2013

Spain world men's handball champions

5:50 pm on 28 January 2013

Spain have won their second world handball championship in grand style after they blew away favourites and European title holders Denmark 35-19 in the final in Barcelona.

Denmark headed into the showdown as the only unbeaten team in the tournament but looked overawed from start to finish as Spain produced an effervescent performance to repeat their 2005 success.

Having beaten Spain in the Euro 2012 semis en route to their second European gold medal, the Scandinavians had high hopes of winning their first world title after finishing runners-up in 1967 and more recently 2011, when they were beaten by Olympic champions France in extra time.

Croatia won the bronze medal, their third in a row after they also finished on the podium in Euro 2012 and the London Olympics.