Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 9 Highlights: India beat GBR to seal hockey semi-final berth; Sindhu bags bronze
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 9 Highlights: The Indian men's hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years. PV Sindhu beat China's He Bing Jiao to become the first Indian women athlete to win two Olympic medals.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 9 Highlights: PV Sindhu won bronze and Indian men's hockey beat Great Britain. (File/AP)
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 9 Highlights: The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in a quarterfinal match to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years on Sunday. India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the win for the eight-time Olympic champions. The lone goal for Great Britain was scored by Sam Ward in the 45th minute.
Even though India’s last of the eight Olympic gold medals came way back in 1980 Moscow Games, there were no semifinals in that edition as only six teams participated in the event. The last time India featured in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972 Munich Games where they lost 0-2 to arch-rivals Pakistan.
Earlier, the reigning world champion PV Sindhu beat China’s He Bingjiao to bag a bronze medal in Badminton Singles by Bingjao 21-13, 21-15. Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. In Rio Olympics, she settled for a silver medal after losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 9 Highlights: Boxer Satish Kumar went down in quarterfinals but PV Sindhu fought her way to a bronze medal. Elsewhere, India men's hockey team also defeated Great Britain to book their semi-final berth.
For the men’s team, it’ll all be in the mind. Great Britain might not induce the same level of fear in the Indian camp as, say, Germany or the Netherlands, but the Indian men’s team will have to produce an error-free performance to guarantee their first Olympic semifinal since the 1980 Games.
In the last few years, India has found itself on the cusp of a pathbreaking win several times. But on each occasion, one error at an inopportune time or a silly foul leading to a temporary suspension has left them frustrated and disappointed. For instance, in the quarterfinal of the 2018 World Cup, a yellow card to defender Amit Rohidas gave the Netherlands an advantage, which they made full use of. The same year, at the Asian Games, former captain Sardar Singh’s poor tackle led to a card that eventually helped Malaysia claw their way back into the match, before winning it.
So when India take on Britain in Sunday’s quarterfinal, it’ll all boil down to how the players handle the crunch moments. Coach Graham Reid had laid extra emphasis on this aspect during the national camp. He’s improved India’s ability to be strong on the ball under pressure and remain patient when the opponents pack their ‘D’ with defenders, a strategy Britain are likely to adopt. (Read Full Story)
Manpreet Singh-led India are high on confidence with consecutive wins in group stage (AP Photo)
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