Russia didn't make any game look easy during this fortnight. Taking a quick glance, one would say that this young squad looks far from perfect.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. After two weeks and eight nail-biting games, Russia are perfect. And nothing is as lasting of a symbol of this perfection as the gold medal that they will wear around their necks.
Saturday was a typical day in Russian handball: win the hard way. They really outdid themselves this time.
France tried to match the Russians in pace from the onset of the match, but France's abandoning of their typical game could have gotten them into trouble early with some poor shots.