India sealed a 5-4 win against Germany in their men’s hockey bronze medal match at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
Simranjeet Singh scored two goals for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium, along with Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh also adding their names on the scoresheet. The win also helped the Indian men’s hockey team end their 41-year medal wait at the Olympics.
It is India’s third hockey bronze medal in the history of the Olympics. The other two came in 1968 Mexico City and the 1972 Munich Games.
Meanwhile, Wrestler Anshu Malik lost her repechage round 2 at the women’s freestyle 57kg category. She lost 1-5 to ROC’s Valeria Koblova.
Vinesh Phogat fell to a shocking defeat to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus at the 53kg freestyle wrestling 1/4 final.
The Indian wrestler was pinned down in her bout. Phogat had earlier defeated Sofia Mattsson in the 1/8 finals on Thursday.
Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia will also be in action and will put their challenge forward for India. Dahiya will compete in the final of men’s freestyle 57kg category while Deepak will compete for the bronze medal in men’s freestyle 86kg category.