Bhubaneswar: India came back brilliantly after trailing 1-3 to score a 5-4 win against Germany in a high-intensity match for the bronze medal at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo on Thursday.
This ended India’s 41-year medal drought. While India had won its 8th gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, it is the third bronze medal for the men’s hockey team after 1968 Mexico City and the 1972 Munich Games.
The Indians fought back to register a historic win at the Tokyo Olympics after Germany went 3-1 up in the 25th minute.
Simranjeet Singh (17th, 34th) scored two field goals for India. A goal apiece by Hardik Singh (27th min), Harmanpreet Singh (29th min) and Rupinderpal Singh (31st min) then sealed the fate of India.
ETCHED INTO THE HISTORY ! 🥉
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For Germany, Timur Cruz (2nd min), Niklas Wellen (24th min), Benedict Furk (25th min) and Lukas Windfeder (48th min) scored a goal each.
Tears and hugs followed as the Indians led by Manpreet Singh and coached by Australian Graham Reid savoured the historic moment.