Ending the country’s 41-year wait for an Olympic medal in hockey, the India men’s hockey team bagged a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. On August 5, the Indian team defeated Germany 5-4. This is India’s first Olympic medal in hockey since the team won the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
Simranjeet Singh was the star of the show. While Harmanpreet Singh, Hardik Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh have also scored for the country. India’s thrilling win after a long wait, social media was abuzz with congratulatory messages for the Indian team.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir wished the team, calling the win “bigger than any World Cup”.
So far, India had bagged four medals in Tokyo. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won silver in the 48kg category, boxer Lovlina Borgohain bagged a bronze medal in the women’s welterweight category, and shuttler PV Sindhu secured a bronze medal in the women’s singles competition. Meanwhile, wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya has confirmed a medal and will compete in the gold medal bout on Thursday afternoon.