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Germany Beats Poland to Win World Handball Championships

Torsten Jansen has scored eight goals to help lead Germany to a 29-24 victory over Poland and the title at the world handball championships in Cologne, Germany.

Cheered on by 19,000 flag-waving spectators Sunday, Germany led from the start and overcame the loss of starting goalkeeper Henning Fritz to capture the world championship for the third time.

Fritz suffered a foot injury four minutes into the second half and was forced to leave the game with Germany leading 20-14. The hosts took a 21-14 lead before Poland went on a 7-1 run to close the gap to 22-21. But Pascal Hens scored two straight goals to give Germany a three goal lead and put them on the winning track.

By winning the title, Germany qualifies for the Beijing Olympics. Denmark beat France 34-27 to win the bronze medal.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.