Deaflympics: Team USA places 6th with respectable showing

USA Team Handball player Sean Moore shoots on goal.

USA’s Sean Moore on attack vs. Germany

The 2013 Deaflympics have concluded in Sofia, Bulgaria and Team Handball was part of the competition.  (The Deaflympics are held every four years and are essentially an Olympics for deaf athlete competitors.)   A relatively inexperienced U.S. men’s team, with only a 1 week training camp and some friendly matches against the DC Diplomats club team had a respectable showing, placing 6th out of 7 teams.

In pool play, the USA lost to Germany, 31-21 and Croatia, 44-24 and beat Hungary, 27-24.  They then played Russia to determine placement for 5th-7th place.  According to this news account, the U.S. had an 8 goal lead in the early going, but lost that lead and fell behind in the 2nd half.  They were able to tie the match, 30-30, with 3 seconds remaining with a successful penalty shot by leading scorer Stefan Bergan, who is playing in his 4th Deaflympics.  By virtue of Russia’s greater margin of victory against Hungary, Russia took 5th and the USA took 6th.  Croatia won the Gold medal with a 31-24 victory over Serbia.  Germany took Bronze with a 29-16 victory over Turkey.

Deaflympics Team Handball Results:  Link