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‘An emotional moment’: India end Olympic medal drought in men’s hockey

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.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 5, 2021 10:54:47 am
India players pose for photographs after defeating Germany 5-4 during the men's hockey bronze medal play-off. (AP)

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.

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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