Tokyo Olympics-Hockey: In Tokyo Olympics, India won a bronze medal in men’s hockey defeating Germany.
- They beat four-time champions Germany 5-4 in a nail-biter of a bronze medal match.
- India, who have eight gold medals at the Olympics in hockey, won a medal at the mega event after 41 years.
- Harmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Simranjeet Singh, and Rupinder Pal Singh scored for India.
- This was the third Olympics appearance for Indian captain and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.
Goalscorers for India:
- Simranjeet Singh (17th, 34th minutes) scored a brace, while Hardik Singh (27th), Harmanpreet Singh (29th), and Rupinder Pal Singh (31st) were the other goal-getters for India.
- Germany’s goals were scored by Timur Oruz (2nd), Niklas Wellen (24th), Benedikt Furk (25th) and Lukas Windfeder (48th).
- Hockey remains India’s national game.
- India is still Asia’s top team but is now ranked fourth in the world behind Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
- India is the most successful team in the men’s field hockey competition at the Summer Olympic Games with a record eight gold medals (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, and 1980), one silver medal (1960), and now three bronze medals (1968, 1972 and 2021).
- Hockey greats Dhyan Chand and KD Singh Babu were the stars as India won six straight Olympic tournaments between 1928 and 1956.
- Five of their eight triumphs came after India’s independence from British rule in 1947.