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Result: France into handball final

France beat Croatia 25-22 in the second semi-final of the men's handball tournament to face Sweden.

France have beaten Croatia 25-22 in the second semi-final of the men's handball tournament.

It started very well for the French, who went 5-1 up on 10 minutes, Nikola Karabatic scoring twice and adding an assist.

Croatia started to close the scores, with Zlatko Horvat particularly clinical as he scored his fifth goal on 25 minutes to bring the scores to 10-9 to France.

France edged the closing stages of the half and the teams went in closely matched at 12-10.

The French looked to be pulling away early in the second half and they were 18-13 up after 13 minutes. However, Croatia refused to lie down and they were within three points of the French after 54 minutes, Ivano Balic firing in at 21-18.

France, however, were always able to retain a cushion and they pulled five ahead on 59 minutes, Samuel Honrubia scoring his fourth to make it 25-20.

Croatia got another couple in the last minute, but France were deserving winners taking the game 25-22 to face Sweden in Sunday's final.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States24282173
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Great BritainGreat Britain13171343
Today's Olympic highlights header

Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

> Today's schedule in full
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