Tokyo: Indian hockey team lost its crucial match against Great Britain, 4-3 in the Bronze medal match on Friday (Aug 6). This was Britain’s third back-to-back medal in Olympics- it won Bronze in London, gold in Rio and bronze in Tokyo.
Despite the loss, the real action was seen on the field when the Indian women’s hockey team took on the World Number four Great Britain in the Bronze Medal match on Friday at 0700 hrs IST.
The spectators were on the edge of their seats as the game began. Savita Punia, under the bar, produced at least four saves that kept India in the match as Gurjit Kaur showed her moves near the net. Two conversions from PCs and a poaching goal from Vandana Katariya was a great spectacle to watch.
In the third quarter on, the game’s momentum was with India. They showed confidence, keeping the ball, and kept Great Britain on their toes for the chase.
Britain too showed its grit and scored its third goal and continued their attack on the Indian side. In the fourth quarter, Britain’s attacks brought its fourth goal against the Indian team.
India captain Rani Rampal had expressed that the national side will give everything it has to win its first Olympic medal on Friday.
“We played really well against Argentina, however, it was disappointing not to book a place in the Olympic final. We have performed really well in this tournament and we still have a chance to win a medal. We are confident about our individual games and we will give everything we have to win our first Olympic medal. We have a chance to make history on Friday,” said Rani.
The skipper added that the team will look to stay in the moment and focus on executing their plans. “It’ll be all about staying in the moment for us. We have to follow our processes and if we execute our plans properly, we will be able to get a good result in the Bronze Medal match.”
The Indian Women Hockey team had defeated Great Britain in their last encounter against them in February 2020.