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India end drought with bronze


TOKYO, Aug 5, (AP): The celebrations started simultaneously in Tokyo and across India for a bronze medal that’s taken 41 years to forge. For the most successful nation in Olympic field hockey competition, India’s 5-4 victory over Germany in the bronze-medal match at the Tokyo Games was celebrated like a gold.

The India field hockey team pose for a photo with their bronze medal after taking third place in the men’s field hockey event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. (AP)

It was India’s 12th Olympic medal in the sport, but its first since 1980. India rallied from 3-1 down and then fended off a German penalty corner in the last few seconds. Meanwhile, Belgium defeated Australia in a shootout to win gold in men’s field hockey. The score was tied 1-all at the end of regulation before Belgium won the shootout 3-2. Alexander Hendrickx scored the penalty stroke that put Belgium ahead in the shootout and Vincent Vanasch got the clinching save. Belgium were the 2016 Olympic runners-up.

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