Great Britain lose to Montenegro in Olympic handball debut

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Great Britain put up a spirited performances on their Olympic debut against medal hopefuls Montenegro but lose 31-19.

Great Britain produced a spirited performance in their Olympic handball debut but could not avoid defeat.

The Women's first appearance in the competition started brightly but resulted in a 31-19 loss to a superior Montenegro side.

An array of brilliant saves from keeper Jane Mayes and goals from Lyn Byl kept Team GB in contention for much of the clash, trailing 18-12 at half time.

Montenegro upped the pace and physical presence in the second half and ultimately their experience told.

Great Britain did give the home crowd plenty to cheer with an encouraging performance, including the impressive Marie Gerbron who top scored in the match with six goals.

Team GB will hope to register a first win in their next group match in the women's competition against Russia on June 30.

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