- Beats Germany 5-4
- Simrajeet Singh scores double
- First hockey medal since 1980 Moscow Olympics
Tokyo: Indian men’s hockey team has broken 41 years jinx and won the match against West Germany here on Thursday to claim bronze medal. The last time the Indian hockey team won a medal was in 1980 Moscow Olympics in which it won the gold.
In Thursday’s match Simrajeet Singh scored a brace while Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Singh also scored goals. Simrajeet Singh scored two goas for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium. Germany had taken an early lead with Timur Oruz scoring in the second minute of the first quarter. After the first 15 minutes of the match, India had started scoring goals. At the end of the second quarter India was down with 3-1 but fought back and had beaten Germany in the end. It was a thrilling match which ended at 5-4 helping India win a bronze medal. Thus, India men’s hockey team won its first Olympic medal since 1980 Moscow.
India had beaten two of the four European teams and lost miserably to Australia in the group match. India defeated Great Britain in quarter final and Germany in the fight for the bronze.