France outclassed Iceland 28-23 to win the men's handball gold medal yesterday, shattering its opponent's dream of snaring its first ever Olympic gold in any sport. In the last gold medal event of the Beijing Games, tournament favorite France's finesse was too much for the gutsy Icelanders, who equaled their nation's greatest Olympic achievement simply by winning the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Spain, who defeated Croatia 35-29 in the playoff for third place. Iceland coach Gudmundur Gudmundsson said his team, which reached the final after a giant-killing run that included Spain, Poland, Germany and Russia, had failed to click against the French. "It was a strange moment after losing the game. We had to put it in perspective and think we really didn't lose the gold medal, we won the silver," he said.