Handball: Hansen leads Denmark to gold, ending 8-year French reign

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Denmark’s Mikkel Hansen scored eight goals to end France’s reign as Olympic men’s handball champs at 8 years.

Lasse Svan, Kasper Sondergaard, and Henrik Toft Hansen scored four a piece in the 28-23 win over France on Sunday in Rio.

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Denmark had not finished higher than fourth at an Olympics, while France beat Iceland and Sweden for gold in the past two Games.

Nikola Karabatic scored five goals for France in the loss.