At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, India’s women’s hockey team finished fourth. The club had lost its first three games and appeared to be headed for an early exit. They advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating Ireland, South Africa, and Australia. However, they were defeated by Great Britain in the bronze medal final.
- India’s women’s hockey team finished fourth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
- The team had lost its first three games and appeared to be heading for an early exit.
- They advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating Ireland, South Africa, and Australia.
- However, they were defeated by Great Britain in the bronze medal final.
At the Olympics, some of India’s greatest competitors finished fourth, missing out on a medal. Dipa Karmakar, Milkha Singh, and PT Usha With a fourth-place finish in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the women’s hockey team joined this list.
A fourth-place finish does not earn a medal at the Games, but it is a significant success for a team that finished last at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Not to mention their first appearance at Tokyo 2020. The Sjoerd Marijne-coached team had lost its first three games and appeared to be heading for an early exit, but they turned things around.
The team won two must-win games against Ireland and South Africa to get to the quarter-finals. Then they faced Australia, one of the medal favorites, and Gurjit Kaur’s one goal sealed the victory.
The team then put up a strong fight against Argentina, but lost 1-2 and missed out on a place in the final. The bronze medal match had a similar tough performance, with the Americans leading 3-2 after two quarters, but Great Britain scored twice to claim the medal.
The men’s team had made history the day before by earning bronze after 41 years. The team lead by Rani Rampal may not have won a medal, but their achievement is nothing short of remarkable.
Following are some of the Twitter reactions after India’s loss to the United Kingdom:
Neha Goyal’s mother is emotional after Indian women miss bronze by just one point.
After her daughter and the rest of the Indian women’s hockey team put up a brilliant performance in the 3-4 loss to Great Britain in the bronze medal match of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, star midfielder Neha Goyal’s mother was reduced. Neha was born into a poor household in Sonipat, Haryana, and was an important member of the Indian squad that equaled their best ever Olympic finish.
“There was no one to help me. I used to work in factories, making shoes, and doing whatever labor was available to me “After Neha and her teammates gave Great Britain, the gold medalists at Rio 2016, a run for their money, Savitri Devi told India Today. “I had three daughters, two of whom married. I gave everything I had for Neha.”
Neha was born into a family with an alcoholic father and a mother who supported the family by working in factories. Because of the situation, Neha had to practice wearing ripped shoes on a regular basis. Her dream of competing in the Olympics back then seemed a long way off.
“I’d never eat a balanced diet, and my shoes would frequently be torn. My father was an alcoholic who would frequently abandon his family. He’d also beat up on my mum. We were terrified of him “About her childhood, Neha once commented.
“When I was in fifth grade, a friend told me that if I played hockey, I’d get shoes and a kit. When I told my mother that I wanted to play, she said it was fine and that I could go. I began playing hockey at that time “she stated
While the fourth-place finish matches that of the 1980 Olympic squad, this is the first time an Indian women’s hockey team has advanced to the knockout stages of the Games. They beat gold medal favorites Australia 1-0 in the quarter-final, which was dubbed the biggest upset of the Tokyo Olympics. In the bronze medal match, India rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the second quarter.