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U.S. Falls to China to Finish Winless in Three-Game Round-Robin

July 30, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ The U.S. women’s handball team finished winless in its round-robin pool Tuesday, falling 31-21 to China in a game coach Claes Hellgren said the Americans should have won.

The Americans (0-3) fell behind by as many as seven in the first half and never caught up despite closing to 16-11 at halftime. China (1-2) started the second half with a 5-1 burst that included three goals by Zhai Chao, who finished with 10 for the Chinese, and the United States got no closer than seven goals after that.

``We got into their way of playing, which is too fast, and we couldn’t stop them,″ Hellgren said. ``We’re disappointed because this was a game we could win. We needed to slow it down. You have to wait beyond your first opportunity on each possession. We needed more passes.″

Chryssandra Hires scored six goals and Toni Jameson five for the United States, which will face Angola, also 0-3, for seventh place on Thursday.

``We were impatient,″ Hires said, ``and we had a lot of shots we didn’t finish off.″

Shi Wei added nine goals for China, which will face Germany (1-2) for fifth place.

In Tuesday’s other women’s games, Germany beat Angola 27-12, Denmark defeated Hungary 27-22 and Korea edged Norway 25-21. Korea and Denmark, both 3-0, plus Norway and Hungary, both 2-1, already had clinched berths in the medal round.

Lim O-Kyeong scored nine goals in Korea’s victory over Norway in a battle of unbeatens and Camilla Andersen had seven goals for Denmark against Hungary in another game matching teams with 2-0 records going in.

Grit Jurack and Marlies Waelzer each had five goals for Germany against Angola.

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