Updated: August 5, 2021 10:54:47 am
India ended a long, excruciating wait of 41 years as they bagged the bronze medal in men’s hockey after defeating Germany 5-4 in the play-off at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
After going down 1-3 down early in the second quarter, India bounced back in style with the help of Hardik Singh and Harmanpreet Singh to make it 3-3 just before the half-time break. The eight-time Olympic gold medallists turned up the heat at the start of the third quarter as they raced to a 5-3 lead owing to two quick goals by Rupinder Pal Singh and Simranjeet Singh.
Despite pulling one back in the final quarter of the contest, Germany failed to turn things around to the delight of the Manpreet Singh-led side.
Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian.
Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team. 🏑
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) August 5, 2021
Congratulations to Indian Men’s Hockey Team! This is a big moment- the whole country is proud of your achievement.
Well-deserved victory! #Olympics
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 5, 2021
— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) August 5, 2021
An emotional moment for the entire nation, a moment of pride. The long wait has ended! Congratulations to the Indian Men’s Hockey team for their splendid achievement. @TheHockeyIndia
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 5, 2021
COME ON, INDIA! The long wait has ended! This has been an Olympic Games of grit and guts for both our hockey teams and we have a medal for it (and maybe two). I am taking this energy with me to training today 💥. #TeamIndia #Tokyo2020 #Hockey
— Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (@GurpreetGK) August 5, 2021
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 5, 2021
Will be totally asking for a recording of this India-Germany game at some point. Till then, we are all the Indian Hockey Team today! Fantastic fightback, boys. To see us on the podium of an Olympic Games after 41 years is all things emotional. GET IN! #TeamIndia #Tokyo2020
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) August 5, 2021
Speechless…. Only tears can express what this nation is feeling today. Thankyou @TheHockeyIndia for making us cry today
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) August 5, 2021
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) August 5, 2021
Chak De Fattey ! Burraaah
A landmark day for @TheHockeyIndia
After being down 3-1, INDIA fights back to win the bronze medal match 5-3, a first Olympic medal in #Hockey after 40 years. Mazaa aa gaya #IndvsGer pic.twitter.com/0T3ssVPnRG
Lion Hearts !!!! can’t say enough about the attitude , first coming back and then holding on . Congrats @TheHockeyIndia on making history. Truly emotional moment for the country. #allthatglittersisnotgold #Olympics
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) August 5, 2021
Wow ! Wow !
Elated seeing the Indian Hockey Team coming back in grand style from being 3-1 down, fighting back and winning the bronze medal match against Germany, India’s first medal in #Hockey since 1980 .#IndvsGer.
Many congratulations @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/gE2DBEnm5T
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 5, 2021
Well done boys 🇮🇳
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 5, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 5, 2021
— Chirag Shetty (@Shettychirag04) August 5, 2021
— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) August 5, 2021
What a great morning!! Superb win!!
Breaking the streak after 41 years, that’s a marvellous moment!! We are proud of you, congratulations boys!!👏👏👏
An #OLYMPIC medal in #HOCKEY after 41 years. So happy to have called this match from the commentary box with Raman Bhanot. Smiles now. Il probably cry later. Means so much to Indian hockey. I’m so proud to be an Indian hockey player and so proud of this team ❤️🇮🇳🏑 pic.twitter.com/gXEWIKNzsz
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 5, 2021
— Joydeep Karmakar OLY (@Joydeep709) August 5, 2021
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) August 5, 2021
The penalty corner in the last 6 seconds was nerve wrecking. Massive massive performance and result for 🇮🇳
— Aditi Chauhan GK 🇮🇳 (@aditi03chauhan) August 5, 2021
बधाई सभी विजाताओं को, ये जीत की मुस्कुराहट हमेशा बनी रहें, यूं ही हिंद का सीना गर्व से ऊँचा करते रहें और गगन में तिरंगा लहराता रहें – जयहिंद @manpreetpawar07 @PMOIndia @THNewDelhi @ianuragthakur @flickersingh @AHindinews @TheHockeyIndia #Hockey #HockeyPride #Congratulations pic.twitter.com/7ecotkAc8x
— Manoj Kumar 🇮🇳 (@BoxerManojkr) August 5, 2021
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) August 5, 2021
After the gold at the 1980 Moscow Games, this is India’s first Olympic medal in men’s hockey. So far, they have won eight golds, one silver, and three bronzes.
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