Brazil and Denmark were crowned beach handball champions at the Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games here today.
World champions Brazil were given a tough test in the men’s gold medal match at Katara Beach, with Spain having threatened an upset.
The Spanish team had the edge in the opening set of the tie, which they secured by a score of 17-14.
The second set swung repeatedly with Brazil’s gold medal hopes looking increasingly precarious.
They were able to force a shootout by clinching the set by the narrowest of margins.
The shootout continued to enthrall the crowds, with Brazil eventually emerging as 14-17, 19-18, 11-10 winners of the final.
Bruno had proved the hero for Brazil and admitted afterwards that he had looked back on a previous negative experience prior to converting their decisive penalty.
"I have faith in me," he said.
"Back in 2008 I missed a goal in a same situation.
"So, every time I shoot I remember that."
Hosts Qatar were denied the bronze medal, as the local team were beaten 10-16, 21-16, 9-6 by Sweden in another dramatic match.
There was Scandinavian success in the women’s competition as Denmark emerged as the competition winners.
They faced a repeat of their European Championship final match against Hungary for the gold medal.
Denmark were able to deliver the same result, as a last second goal in the second set saw their team earn a 21-19, 15-14 victory.
Brazil claimed the bronze after beating Vietnam 26-14, 23-18.