After a 41-year gap, the Indian men’s hockey team won the bronze medal at the Olympics. The first Olympic medal won by India’s men’s hockey team since Moscow 1980.
Today, the Indian men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. This was a historic win. After a 41-year gap, the Indian men’s hockey team was awarded an Olympic medal. India won the last eight Olympic golds in 1980 Moscow Games.
In the second minute of the first quarter, the Indians opened their account. Nilakanta Sharma displayed great vision to feed Simranjeet Sing, who scored a devastating goal. Nilakanta lost the ball in midfield just a few minutes later, which proved costly.
Simranjeet Sing (17th, 34th minute) scored a brace. Hardik Singh (27th), Harmanpreet (29th) as well as Rupinder Pal Singh (31) were the other goal scorers for India.
Germany’s goals were scored in Germany by Timur Oruz (2nd), Niklas Ween (24th), Benedikt furk (25th), and Lukas Windfeder (4th).
India fell 3-1, but then came back to level 3-3 in the second quarter. India took the lead after Rupinder Pal Singh converted an Indian penalty stroke. Simranjeet then scored their fifth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the efforts of the Indian men’s hockey team as well as its Australian coach Graham Reid in a telephonic conversation on Thursday with skipper Manpreet Singh, and other support staff members following the team’s Olympic Games bronze medal win.
Shri Narendra Modi tweeted, “Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian. Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team.”