The Korean men’s handball team achieved a final victory by defeating Iran in the 5th-6th place match at the Asian Championships. Korea, led by coach Hollando Freitas (Portugal), won 27-26 over Iran in the 5th-6th place match of the 21st Asian Men’s Handball Championship held in Bahrain on the 23rd (Korean time) and finished the tournament in 5th place. Song Je-woo (Korea National Sport University), Ahn Young-woong (Kyung Hee University, 5 goals), Park Si-woo (Hanam City Hall), and Lee Hyun-sik (SK, 4 goals) led the way to victory.
Kim Yeon-bin (Doosan) also shined, scoring the final score to make it 27-26 with 12 seconds left in the second half of the see-saw game. Korea finished in 3rd place in Group 2 of the final league with 2 draws and 1 loss, missing out on a ticket to the semifinals awarded to 2nd place and being sent down to the deciding match for 5th and 6th places .Previously, in the group stage, they ranked first in Group B, competing with Iran, China, and New Zealand, and advanced to the finals.
The semifinals of this tournament were scheduled to pit Qatar-Kuwait and Bahrain-Japan .Korea reigned as the strongest team in Asia until the early 2010s, achieving five consecutive wins at the Asian Championships from 1983 to 1993 and three consecutive wins from 2008 to 2012.However, with the rapid growth of Middle Eastern powers such as Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, it became difficult to reach the semifinals in the Asian competition As Japan appears to have become stronger around the Tokyo Olympics, the decline in Korean 스포츠토토존 handball seems more pronounced.