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    East Germany won the World Women's Handball championship in Kiev in the Soviet Union this month, giving the team a favourable position for the Montreal Olympic Games next year.

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    East Germany won the World Women's Handball championship in Kiev in the Soviet Union this month, giving the team a favourable position for the Montreal Olympic Games next year.

    It was a closely-fought contest, with the Soviet team coming second, Hungary third and Rumania fourth. All these teams will compete at the Olympic Games. The competition was held from 2 to 12 December.

    Handball is a relatively new sport but it is rapidly gaining popularity, particularly among European countries.

    This year was the sixth time the contest had been held and 12 teams from various parts of the world took part. All won area elimination competitions in Europe, Asia, Africa and America to gain a place in the world championship.

    The preliminary matches were held simultaneously in vilnius, Rostov and kiev, and finalists gathered in Kiev for the finals. Each day the Kiev Sports Palace was crowded with spectators because of handball's growing popularity and because the games were being so closely contested.

    Even on the last day of the finals, it was uncertain as to who would win the championship. In that day the soviet team met Hungary, the Yugoslav team met Rumania and East Germany met Czechoslovakia.

    The East Germans needed only a draw to win the title but the game was closely contested throughout. East Germany eventually won by 17 points to 11, although it was a 7-all draw at half tome.

    Before the interval the East German players seemed nervous and frequently made mistakes. But they gained confidence in the second half and gradually increased their lead.

    The strain of the first half was telling on the Czechoslovakian team and East germany emerged as the superior team in the second half.

    SYNOPSIS:East germany, seen here in the white tops and playing from left to right, have won the World Women's handball championship in the Soviet Union. They beat Czechoslovakia in one of the finals by seventeen points to eleven.

    The victory sends the East Germans to next year's Montreal olympic Games in a favourable position. They needed a draw to win the tournament and seemed nervous before the interval. Consequently they fumbled with the ball several times and gave the Czechs the advantage.

    But the East Germans recovered their composure in the second half and slowly increased their lead.

    Handball is a relatively new sport, but its popularity is growing rapidly, particularly in Europe. This year's contest was the sixth held and twelve teams from throughout the world took part. They won their places in various ares elimination contests
    The contest had added attraction this year. The top four teams, East Germany, Soviet Union, hungary and Rumania, all go forward to the Montreal Olympic Games next year.

    This year the competition was conducted on a Round Robin basis which meant that every team played each other. The Eastern European countries are now showing their superiority in handball -- in both the men's and women's sections.

    The world championships proved to be a fruitful training ground for the Montreal Olympics. And for the East German team it was the most rewarding.

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