Tokyo Olympics: India men's hockey team wins Bronze, ends medal drought
Tokyo: Indian men's hockey team ended medal drought at the Olympics on Thursday as they defeated Germany 5-4 at the Tokyo Olympics.
India won the Bronze medal in a thrilling match at the Oi Hockey Stadium. Trailing (IND 1-3 GER), the men made a solid comeback to lead (IND 5-3 GER) against the Germans. In the last quarter, the Germans scored another goal to make the scorecard (IND 5-4 GER).
Simranjeet Singh scored two goals for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium, along with Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh also adding their names on the scoresheet.
The Indian team lost just two games at the Olympics against the teams better than them with respect to world rankings, and performance! An Olympic medal after 41 years of wait after a gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
The 16-member men's hockey squad has 10 Olympic debutants.
P. R. Sreejeesh
Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Birendra Lakra
Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit
Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar, Mandeep Singh
Head Coach: Graham Reid, Assistant Coach: Piyush Dubey
The Indian men’s hockey team has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after winning two games with 11 goals against Russia at the 2019 FIH Men’s Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.