India has won its first medal in men’s field hockey after 41 years, having defeated Germany in the bronze medal match.
India defeated Germany 5-4 before securing the bronze medal.
Trailing 3-1 in the second quarter, Hardik Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored within two minutes of each other to even the score before halftime. Rupinder Pal Singh and Sirmanjeet Singh subsequently gave India a 5-3 lead in the third quarter.
It is the first time India, which has won eight Olympic gold medals in men’s field hockey, had won a medal in the sport since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate his country’s team on the historic win:
Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian.
Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team. 🏑
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
As a fitting tribute, Yash Raj Films also took to Twitter to post a Shah Rukh Khan-related GIF from the film, Chak De India, honouring the tricolour National flag.
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) August 5, 2021
India has won more Olympic medals in field hockey than any other sport. But prior to Tokyo, its 11 hockey medals were all won by men, and all before 1980. Today (Friday) will see India’s women’s field hockey team compete from their own bronze.