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Result: Montenegro reach handball final

Montenegro edge out Spain in the semi-finals of the handball tournament.

Montenegro's women have reached the final of the handball competition after edging out Spain 27-26 in a thrilling encounter.

Katarina Bulatovic was the star performer for Montenegro, ending the game with nine goals.

In the first half only Montenegro were ever more than one goal ahead, at 6-4, but there was no separating the sides at the break as they went in 13-13, Andela Bulatovic equalising just before the whistle from a swift counter.

The scores remained close for most of the second period, but it was a five-minute spell between 45 and 50 minutes that effectively decided the contest.

With the scores at 19-19 Montenegro scored five without response, forcing Spain to try to overturn the deficit in the final 10 minutes.

By going forward, Spain were vulnerable on the break but they almost pulled level late on with the game ending 27-26.

Montenegro will face Norway in Saturday's final.

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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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