Tokyo Olympic 2020: In Tokyo Olympics, India won bronze medal in men’s hockey defeating Germany 5-4 in a high scoring match. As soon the match began, Germany,s Timur Oruz got an early lead for Germany. Simranjit Singh equalised for India in the second minute of the second quarter, which saw as many as five goals.
The Indian Men’s Hockey Team has ended its 41-year wait to win a medal. For the first time since the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team finished the podium in Tokyo. On the other hand, Germany’s team missed out on winning the Olympic medal in hockey for the first time since 2008. In the history of the Olympics, this is the third bronze medal in the name of Indian hockey. Earlier, in the 1968 Olympics, India defeated West Germany 2-1 in the bronze medal match, while in the 1972 Olympics, India defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the bronze medal match.
However, Niklas Wellen gave 2-1 lead to Germany which was soon turned to 3-1 with the third goal hit by Benedikt Furk. But India hit back almost immediately with two swift goals to equal the scores, 3-3. First, Hardik converted the penalty corner and then Harmanpreet Singh drag flicked the third one for India. As soon as the third quarter began, India took the 5-3 lead with Rupindar Pal Singh’s penalty stroke and Simranjit Singh’s second goal of the match.
Although Germany hit again in the fourth quarter and scored 4th goal, Indian men kept the lead intact till last minute. India has won 8 Olympic golds in Hockey, the last of which came four decades ago, in 1980 Moscow Games.