The Indian women’s hockey team put up a valiant effort in the bronze medal match against Great Britain but were unable to secure their first-ever Olympic medal after losing 3-4 on Friday.
The creation of history The Indian women’s hockey team’s goal of winning their first Olympic medal were dashed on Friday after they were defeated 3-4 by Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off match at the current Games. By reaching the semifinals of the Games for the first time, the Indian women had already made history and exceeded all expectations. The first Olympic medal, however, remained out of reach as world no. 4 Great Britain, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, triumphed in the tense contest.
The disappointment came only one day after the Indian men’s team broke a 41-year medal drought by winning bronze in a 5-4 victory over Germany.
The Indians battled back from a two-goal hole to take a 3-2 lead into halftime.
In the second half, however, a desperate Great Britain threw everything they had and scored two goals to steal the match from India’s grasp.
Gurjit Kaur (25th, 26th minutes) and Vandana Katariya (29th minute) scored three goals in five minutes to surprise Great Britain.
Elena Rayer (16th), Sarah Riobertson (24th), Hollie Pearne-Webb (35th), and Grace Baldson (48th) all hit the net to help the British team to victory.
India’s greatest Olympic result was a fourth-place finish in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. There were no semifinals in that edition since just six teams participated in a round-robin style, with the top two teams advancing to the final.