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‘Won a billion hearts’: India finish fourth in women’s hockey at Tokyo Olympics

The maiden Olympic medal remained out of bounds for India as 2016 Rio Games gold-medallists Great Britain came out on top in the women's hockey bronze play-off at the Tokyo Olympics.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 6, 2021 1:03:52 pm
India players line up prior to their women's hockey bronze medal match against Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP)

India faltered in a hard-fought women’s hockey bronze play-off on Friday as they lost 4-3 to world number four Great Britain at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

The Rani Rampal-led side had already created history by entering their first-ever Olympic semi-finals. But the maiden medal remained out of bounds as 2016 Rio Games gold-medallists Great Britain came out on top in the pulsating encounter.

The heartbreak came a day after the men’s hockey team ended a 41-year-old medal drought by clinching bronze with a 5-4 win over Germany.

In their third-ever Olympics, India achieved their highest-ever finish after finishing 12th in 2016 Rio and fourth in 1980 Moscow, where only six teams participated.

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