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Iceland Beats Russia in Handball at Olympics

The Icelandic men’s handball team beat Russia 33-31 in their first game at the 2008 Beijing Olympics last weekend. Alexander Petersson and Snorri Steinn Gudjónsson were the game’s top players.

“It is of vital importance to get off to a good start. I had a good feeling about this game and it proved right,” Iceland’s coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson told Fréttabladid.

“It was pleasing that defense played a good game apart from maybe the first ten minutes. The offense was very versatile the entire time. Of course it was a bit hesitant at times as sometimes happens,” Gudmundsson added.

Gudmundsson said a good start has not been characteristic of the Icelandic team until now. “I told the boys to go out to the field and enjoy themselves. They have worked hard and they did what I said. The next game against Germany will be very difficult, but we will play hard.”

Iceland plays against Germany, the current world champions in handball, tomorrow.

The other Icelandic contestants in the Olympics have not been as successful as the handball team. Badminton player Ragna Ingólfsdóttir is out of the competition after her first game and the swimmers are not particularly satisfied with their performances.

Click here to read more about the Icelandic athletes competing at the Olympics and here to read more about the Icelandic handball team.

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