29/07/2012 21:58 BST | Updated 29/07/2012 22:03 BST

Olympics 2012: GB's Handball Team Suffer Comprehensive Defeat To Beijing Olympic Champions France

The men of of Great Britain's handball team were handsomely applauded off the court on Sunday night, despite suffering a comprehensive 44-15 defeat to current Olympic champions France in a Group A preliminary match.


France's centreback Daniel Narcisse jumps to shoot during the men's preliminaries Group A match

Despite GB opening the scoring through Steven Larsson, the French dominated from the outset, rushing into a comfortable early lead.

By half-time the French were 20-7 up with Samuel Honrubia and Guillaume Joli hitting five goals each. GB rallied in the second half with a series of well-taken scores, but the gulf in class was obvious, allowing Joli to finish the game with an 11-goal glut.

Still, the home team were given a rapturous reception at the final whistle, with several players leaving the court wrapped in the Union flag.