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Indian men’s hockey team win Olympic bronze, ends 41years wait for a medal

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TOKYO: The Indian men’s hockey team rewrote history by winning an Olympic medal for the first time in 41 years, defeating Germany 5-4 in an action-packed playoff match at the ongoing Olympic Games here on Thursday.

This is India’s first Olympic medal in hockey since winning gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

India rallied from two-goal deficit to take two-goal lead at the end of the third quarter. Germany cut the deficit in the fourth quarter by scoring from penalty corner.
Earlier, at halftime, Team India came back from 1-3 deficit to tie the game at 3-3.

 

Simranjeet Singh (17th, 34th minutes) scored twice for India, while Hardik Singh (27th), Harmanpreet Singh (29th), and Rupinder PalSingh (31) also scored.

 

Timur Oruz (2nd), Niklas Wellen (24th), Benedikt Furk (25th), and Lukas Windfeder scored for Germany (48th).

It is India’s third Olympic bronze medal in hockey history.
The other two were in Mexico City in 1968 and Munich in 1972.
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