A 41-year long wait for an Olympic medal in men’s hockey comes to an end after India won its bronze. Indian men’s hockey team defeated Germany by 5-4 in a close match which was a thrilling comeback win. The last medal won by the men’s hockey team by India was in the 1980, Moscow Games where India secured a gold medal.
Brace was scored by player Simranjeet Singh while Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, and Rupinder Pal Singh also had their names on the scoresheet for India, reported ny AsiaOne. In the 17th minute, Simranjeet Singh drew level at 1-1. At the end of the second quarter, Harmanpreet Singh was also seen putting on level terms. One goal was pulled back by Hardik Singh making India on a 2-3 score while Harmanpreet Singh had put India again on level terms. Asia One reported that, a penalty was given to Rupinder Pal and he made no mistake to give India a stunning 4-3 lead. Indian players defended stoically while keeping their one-goal lead intact.
Germany was awarded a penalty corner just seconds before the game could end. PR Sreejesh repelled the ball away from the goal. In the joyous moment, the players fell to the ground, finally ending their long wait for a hockey medal at the Olympics.