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South Korea''s Choi Su-min in action during the final against Japan. © Yonhap
Korea beats Japan in Asian women’s handball final

23 Mar 2017
Seoul, Korea, March 22, 2017: Korea won the Asian Women's Handball Championship on Wednesday with a 30-20 win over Japan, reports Yonhap News. Korea claimed its third straight Asian title at West Suwon Chilbo Gymnasium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, thanks to Kim Jin-yi's team-high seven goals against their arch rivals. Kim was also selected as the match MVP.

The women's national team has extended its dominant form in Asia, winning 13 of the last 16 continental titles. Since the biennial competition first started in 1987, South Korea has missed the final only once. Korea trailed 15-11 at the break but fought back in the second half, pulling level at 16-16 and later netting eight unanswered goals to wrap up the title in style with a 10-goal margin.

Earlier in the day, China took third place with a 34-26 win over Kazakhstan and earned its spot at the world championship. The Asian competition doubles as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 World Women's Handball Championship. The top three advanced to the 24-team world competition in Germany in December.
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