India beats Germany 5-4 to win Olympic men's hockey medal after 41 years
The Indian men's hockey team rewrote the history as it claimed an Olympic medal after 41 years, beating Germany by 5-4 to claim the bronze in an edge-of-the-seat play-off match of the ongoing Games here on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
The eight-time former gold medal winners, who battled a heartbreaking slump in the last four decades, made the resurgence of the last couple of years count in the best way possible with an Olympic medal.
Simranjeet Singh with 2 goals,scored a brace, while Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh were the other goal scorers for India.
Germany's goals were scored by Timur Oruz, Niklas Wellen, Benedikt Furk and Lukas Windfeder.
Desperately determined to get a medal, the Indians made one of the most memorable comebacks in the history of the game, fighting back from a two-goal behind to turn the match in their favour.
There were tears and hugs on the field as the Indians led by Manpreet Singh and coached by Australian Graham Reid created the historic moment.
It is India's third hockey bronze medal in the history of the Olympics Games. The other two bronze came in 1968 Mexico City and the 1972 Munich Games.
President, PM and leaders hail victory
President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday congratulated the Indian men's hockey team for winning an Olympic medal, and said this historic victory will start a new era in hockey and motivate youth of the nation.
“Congratulations to the men's hockey team for winning an Olympic Medal for India in hockey after 41 years. Our team showed exceptional skills, resilience & determination for winning. This historic victory will start a new era in hockey and will inspire the young generations to take up and excel in the sport,” Mr. Kovind tweeted.
Praising Indian men's hockey team's bronze medal win in the Tokyo Olympics as historic, Prime Minister Modi said on Thursday that this day will be etched in the memory of every Indian.
With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially the youth, Modi said, adding that India is proud of its hockey team.