First participants of the Main Round are decided at the Beach Handball World Championships 15:49, 25.07.2018
First participants of the Main Round are decided at the Beach Handball World Championships
After the morning session, first teams to make it to the main round are decided at the Beach Handball World Championships in Kazan. These are the teams of Croatia, Spain, Hungary, IR Iran, Uruguay, and Vietnam at the men's tournament.

 The reigning World Champion, team Croatia, has demonstrated a full advantage over the rivals in Group A. On Wednesday, Croats gained an upper hand over the team of IR Iran and won the game with a score of 2-0, earning maximum points – 6. In another game of Group A, Uruguay defeated the team of Argentina - 2-1 and did not let the rivals to make it to the main round.

Group A standings
1 place - Croatia (6 points)
2 place - Uruguay (2 points)
3 place - IR Iran (2 points)
4 place - Argentina (2 points)

The reigning European Champion, Spain, has also confirmed its status of a favourite in Group B. On Day 2, the Spanish team defeated the team of Hungary 2-1, that allowed the Spanish to gain 6 points after 3 matches.
Team of Vietnam did not let the players of New Zealand to continue their way to the world championships title. The Asian team won the match 2-1.

Group B standings
1 place - Spain (6 points)
2 place - Hungary (4 points)
3 place - Vietnam (2 points)
4 place - New Zealand (0 points)

In the women's event, the main round features teams of Spain, Poland, Greece, Chinese Taipei, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
Spain took the crown in Group A without leaving any chances to the rivaling teams. On Wednesday, the women's team from Spain proved to be stronger than the team of Australia, winning the game with a score of 2-0 and gaining maximum points – 6. Team Greece encountered the team Paraguay in another match. In this game Greece turned out to be stronger: 2-1.

Group A standings
1 place - Spain (6 points)
2 place - Greece (4 points)
3 place - Paraguay (2 points)
4 place - Australia (0 points)

Poland continued its winning streak in Group B. Their team was stronger than teams of France and Chinese Taipei on Day 1, and on Wednesday, they won against Uruguay: 2-0. Unfortunately, a championships debutant team France also failed to put up a good fight against other teams. The French athletes lost against Chinese Taipei 1-2 and did not proceed to the following games.

Group B standings
1 place - Poland (6 points)
2 place - Chinese Taipei (4 points)
3 place - Uruguay (2 points)
4 place - France (0 points)

Text: Artem Lisovsky
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