India wins bronze in men’s hockey at Tokyo Olympics. India’s hockey medal comes at the end of a decade-long wait. India made history by winning bronze and defeating Germany with a score of 5-4. India’s last of the eight Olympic golds came way back in the 1980 Moscow Games.
India forward Simranjeet Singh stood out from the other players by scoring two goals for India, including the winning goal of the match.
“It’s a dream come true,” Simranjeet said. “We’ve made 1.3 billion Indians proud by finishing on the podium.”
Apart from Simranjeet Singh, Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet and Rupinder Singh also scored for India.
Germany took an early lead through a second-minute goal by Timur Oruz, and posed a threat to India in the first quarter. India came back from a two-goal deficit to take a two-goal lead at the end of the third quarter. Germany reduced the deficit as in the q4 when it scored a goal from the penalty corner. Earlier at the half-time, Team India who were 1-3 down to equalizing 3-3 level at the half-time break.
Simranjeet Singh (17th, 34th minutes) scored a brace, while Hardik Singh (27th), Harmanpreet Singh (29th), and Rupinder Pal Singh (31st) were the other goal-getters for India.
Germany’s goals were scored by Timur Oruz (2nd), Niklas Wellen (24th), Benedikt Furk (25th) and Lukas Windfeder (48th).In the meanwhile, India will battle Britain for bronze in the women’s hockey tournament on Friday.