Russia won its first Olympic gold in women's handball on Saturday, overcoming France 22-19 in a tight, fast-paced final in front of a rapturous crowd.
The Russians dominated by several points during much of the game, although the French roared back in the middle of the second half to equalize 14-14, before again losing their lead.
Rio's almost-full Future Arena alternated between shouts of "Russia!" and "Les Bleus!" from the French supporters, one of whom was dressed up as red-headed Asterix from the "Asterix and Obelix" comic book.