2003 World Women's Handball Championship

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2003 World Women's Handball Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Croatia
Dates 2 December – 14 December
Final positions
Champions  France (1st title)
Runner-up  Hungary
Third place  South Korea
Tournament statistics
Top scorer(s)  Bojana Radulović (HUN)
Best player  Valérie Nicolas (FRA)
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The 2003 World Women's Handball Championship, the 16th handball world championship for women, was played in Croatia between 2 and 14 December 2003.

Qualification[edit]

The following nations were qualified:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
 Australia  Angola  Argentina  China
 Brazil  Austria  Japan  Ivory Coast
 Croatia  Czech Republic  Norway  Denmark
 Spain  South Korea  Romania  Germany
 France  Russia  Tunisia  Hungary
 Serbia and Montenegro  Uruguay  Ukraine  Slovenia

Preliminary round[edit]

     Team advanced to the Main Round
     Team is eliminated from the tournament

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 5 5 0 0 149 98 +51 10
 Spain 5 4 0 1 150 120 +30 8
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 3 0 2 165 143 +22 6
 Croatia 5 2 0 3 142 122 +20 4
 Brazil 5 1 0 4 136 155 −19 2
 Australia 5 0 0 5 74 178 −104 0

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 5 5 0 0 153 106 +47 10
 South Korea 5 4 0 1 165 113 +52 8
 Austria 5 3 0 2 165 130 +35 6
 Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 126 125 +1 4
 Angola 5 1 0 4 119 120 −1 2
 Uruguay 5 0 0 5 77 211 −134 0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ukraine 5 4 1 0 158 116 +42 9
 Norway 5 4 0 1 163 108 +55 8
 Romania 5 3 1 1 158 123 +35 7
 Japan 5 2 0 3 133 153 −20 4
 Tunisia 5 1 0 4 118 133 −15 2
 Argentina 5 0 0 5 74 171 −97 0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 5 4 0 1 171 129 +42 8
 Slovenia 5 4 0 1 149 141 +8 8
 Germany 5 3 1 1 144 121 +23 7
 Denmark 5 2 1 2 113 119 −6 5
 China 5 1 0 4 135 153 −18 2
 Ivory Coast 5 0 0 5 117 166 −49 0

Main Round[edit]

Top two teams from each group advanced to the Semifinals. The third placed teams from each group competed in the 5th/6th placement match.

     Team advanced to the Semifinals
     Team will compete in placement matches
     Team is eliminated from the tournament

Group I[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 5 4 0 1 128 121 +7 8
 South Korea 5 3 0 2 158 151 +7 6
 Spain 5 2 1 2 139 138 +1 5
 Russia 5 2 1 2 129 129 0 5
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 2 0 3 145 158 −13 4
 Austria 5 1 0 4 149 151 −2 2

Group II[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 5 3 1 1 154 129 +25 7
 Ukraine 5 3 1 1 132 140 −8 7
 Norway 5 3 1 1 142 133 +9 7
 Slovenia 5 2 0 3 137 149 −12 4
 Romania 5 1 1 3 135 140 −5 3
 Germany 5 1 0 4 134 143 −9 2

Final round[edit]

Semifinal Final
   France   28  
   Ukraine   26  
 
       France   32
     Hungary   29
Bronze Match
   Hungary   40    Ukraine   29
   South Korea   38      South Korea   31
5th/6th place
     
1  Spain 27
2  Norway 26

Ranking and Statistics[edit]

 

Top Goalkeepers[edit]

Rank Name Team % Saves Shots
1 Joanne Dudziak  France 47% 57 122
2 Heidi Tjugum  Norway 46% 66 145
3 Cecilie Leganger  Norway 43% 89 207
Lene Rantala  Denmark 21 49
5 Katalin Pálinger  Hungary 42% 141 336
6 Tatiana Alizar  Russia 41% 58 141
7 Ildiko Barbu  Romania 40% 34 84
Irina Sirina  Hungary 30 75
9 Luminita Dinu  Romania 39% 93 239
Valérie Nicolas  France 103 262

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals Shots %
1 Bojana Radulović  Hungary 97 170 57%
2 Olena Tsygitsa  Ukraine 66 120 55%
3 Bojana Petrović  Serbia and Montenegro 58 104 56%
4 Susana Fraile Celaya  Spain 50 116 43%
5 Zsuzsanna Lovasz  Hungary 48 68 71%
6 Montserrat Puche Díaz  Spain 47 84 56%
7 Grit Jurack  Germany 46 90 51%
8 Woo Sun-Hee  South Korea 45 75 60%
9 Ausra Fridrikas  Austria 45 82 55%
10 Elodie Mambo  Ivory Coast 43 86 50%

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