Great Britain creates history in women’s hockey

Great Britain has at last won a gold in women’s hockey. In a keenly contested final against the Netherlands, the Britons won 2–0 in the penalty shootout converting two of their five penalty attempts while the Dutch muffed all their first four attempts. For Great Britain, it has been a major achievement as they never won the gold after competition in women’s section was introduced at Moscow 1980 Olympic games. In the last Olympic games in London, GB had finished third. In 1992 also they had finished third. Germany completed a double — winning bronze medals both in men and women sections. Germany beat New Zealand 2–1 in the bronze medal match. Though India sent both its men and women teams to Rio, it could not end its hockey medal drought. The last time India won a hockey medal in Olympics was a gold in Moscow. It was in same Olympics in Moscow that Indian women participated and finished fourth. Now after 36 years, they got the entry in Olympics. Indian women could garner just one point in their five league matches holding Japan to a 2–1 draw in the opener and lost rest of the games to finish at the bottom of the table. Men’s team, however, raised hopes of a medal by qualifying for a medal, However, hopes were dashed by Belgium who beat India 3–1 in the quarterfinals. So the Indian campaign could not progress beyond last eight stage. India, however, had the consolation of sending the youngest men’s team thus putting hopes on Tokyo in 2020. It was in Tokyo in 1964 that India won the gold with then deep defender Prithipal Singh getting crowned as penalty king. He had scored eight goals from penalty corners then.