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Handball Victory, Football Loss, Gold for Runner

Young Icelandic athlete Arna Stefanía Gudmundsdóttir won the gold in a 400-meter race in track and field in the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) in Lichtenstein on Friday; she strives for Olympic gold.

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A football game on Laugardalsvöllur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“I’m going to become among the best in the world. I want to become the first Icelander to land an Olympic gold. It is a big goal and will take extensive work,” Gudmundsdóttir told Morgunbladid.

Meanwhile, the Icelandic national team in women’s handball crushed Ukraine in Reykjavík yesterday with a 37-18 victory in the preliminary round for the World Championship in Brazil later this year.

“Our chances for a seat at the World Cup are certainly good after this victory,” commented Iceland’s coach Ágúst Jóhannsson. Iceland was the stronger opponent in all fields and goalkeeper Jenný Ásmundsdóttir performed especially well.

The Icelandic men’s national team in football was not as successful; they lost to Denmark 2-0 at Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Reykjavík on Saturday evening in the fight for a seat in the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

This was Iceland’s 18th loss in its past 22 games against Denmark.

According to Morgunbladid, a victory may not have been expected but Iceland’s recklessness and lack of focus brought Denmark the two goals in the second half on a silver platter.

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