The last time India had won a hockey medal at the Olympics was way back in 1980 when the nation won its last gold. Presently, a 41-year curse has at long last been broken, on account of an edge-of-your-seat spine-chiller of a bronze medal match, which saw India beat Germany 5-4.
Subsequent to being crushed 1-7 by Australia prior to their Olympics campaign, the Indian group’s juggernaut conquered one deterrent get-togethers as they advanced toward their first semi-last in more than forty years. India crushed Great Britain 3-1 in the quarters prior to suffering disaster on account of world number one Belgium in the semis. After a 2-5 misfortune to Belgium, India refocused rapidly to battle it out in a serious fight against a forceful German side on Thursday.
India wins a bronze medal in men’s hockey subsequent to beating Germany 5-4. India saw Germany take an early lead with Timur Oruz scoring inside two minutes of the match. Germany upset the Indian safeguard in the primary quarter, yet couldn’t figure out how to broaden the lead. In the second quarter, India saw Simranjeet Singh scoring from a top-notch hatchet shot, yet protective blunders lead to Germany scoring two additional objectives inside two minutes. Exactly when it looked like India may be in a difficult situation, two punishment corners for India yielded results as Hardik Singh scored on the bounce back from the first, while Harmanpreet Singh scored another with an eminent drag-flick on to the rear of the nets. Rupinder Pal Singh and Simranjeet Singh scored two additional objectives in the second from last quarter. Lukas Windfeder pulled one back in the last quarter, yet it was insufficient for Germany to push it to the shootouts.
The Indian group has done well under Manpreet’s captaincy in the course of recent years, having won the Asia Cup in 2017, the Asian Champions Trophy in 2018, and the FIH Series Final in 2019. They likewise arrived at the quarterfinals in the 2018 World Cup in Bhubaneswar. These were Manpreet’s third Olympic Games and he had two representatives in defenders Birendra Lakra and Harmanpreet Singh.