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Denmark beats Norway to win women’s world title

December 14, 1997 GMT

BERLIN (AP) _ Denmark defeated Norway 33-20 on Sunday to win the gold medal at the women’s handball World Championship, in a final overshadowed by the stabbing death of two Danish fans.

The two fans, aged 34 and 39, died after being stabbed by a drunken 48-year-old Berlin man during Saturday’s semifinal between Denmark and Russia in the Max Schmeling Hall.

One fan was stabbed in the neck, the other in the chest, right in front of a studio used by Danish television for broadcasting the matches.

The assailant, who was overpowered by security guards in the hall, is known to the police as a petty criminal, police spokesman Hagen Saberschinsky said.

The man confessed to the stabbings but could not remember the details, Saberschinsky said.

Officials stepped up security for the final day of the championship and banned alcohol from the hall.

Before the match for the gold medal, Danish team members and other fans placed flowers at the spot where the two fans were stabbed.

Denmark, the Olympic champion, had a slow start but built a three-goal lead at halftime (14-11) and then routed the Norwegians.

Camilla Andersen led Denmark with seven goals, while Trine Haltvik and Tonje Sagstuen had six each for Norway.

Germany beat Russia 27-25 to win the bronze medal.

South Korea edged Croatia 33-32 to take fifth place, while Macedonia beat Poland 36-34 to finish seventh. Both matches went into overtime.