BOBBY White’s second Olympic outing ended in another defeat on Tuesday afternoon as Team GB’s handball team lost 41-19 to Sweden at the Copper Box.
Two days after impressing during a 44-15 defeat to reigning champions France, the British men were once again brushed aside by their superior European opponents.
In front of 6,000 fans, Team GB looked good in the opening exchanges, but just like on Sunday, they couldn’t maintain the pace and went in at half time 24-10 down – Sweden enjoying a remarkable 92 per cent shot success rate in the first 30 minutes.
Up against a goalkeeper generally considered one of the best in the world, Team GB created plenty of chances but were unable to convert more than half of them. At the other end White pulled off a couple of outstanding saves, but was powerless to prevent goals going in at regular intervals.
The second half brought some cheer for home fans as Steven Larsson, Chris Mohr and Gawain Vincent in particular scored some fantastic goals – the latter netting three of Team GB’s four unanswered goals during one good spell.
That did little to change the end result though as Sweden picked up the win they were expected too, but perhaps not by the winning margin they would have hoped for in their bid to reach the quarter finals of London 2012.
Team GB now turn their attention towards Thursday’s clash against Argentina – a game White has earmarked as their best opportunity to pick up an historic Olympic win.