Great Britain beat India to win women’s hockey bronze

Great Britain beat India to win women’s hockey bronze
Great Britain beat India to win women’s hockey bronze
Team GB’s women’s hockey team secured a bronze medal after beating India in a play-off (Picture: Getty)

Great Britain’s women won the bronze medal at Oi Hockey Stadium after beating India 4-3 in a thrilling clash at the Tokyo Olympics.

Although the Rio 2016 champions relinquished their title following an emphatic semi-final loss to Holland on Wednesday, they dug deep and secured a third successive Games podium finish.

The London 2012 bronze medallists had to dig deep, though, leading 2-0, then falling behind before winning it in the final quarter with Grace Balsdon’s penalty corner clincher.

Shona McCallin of Team GB celebrates their win following the Women's Bronze medal match against India
Shona McCallin of Team GB celebrates their win following the Women’s Bronze medal match against India (Picture: Getty)

Ellie Rayer opened the scoring, then Sarah Robertson made it 2-0, only for India to score three times in four minutes during a frantic second quarter, with Gurjit Kaur scoring twice and Vandana Katariya also netting.

Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb equalised in the third quarter, before Britain showed composure to go back in front and close out a fine victory that sparked scenes of wild celebration.

‘I’m incredibly proud of the whole squad, we rely on our whole squad, those here and those back home,’ an emotionalPearne-Webb said afterwards.

‘The past five years have seen a lot of turnover it’s been a tough five years, really, really tough… After winning the ultimate dream [in Rio] it’s been a big challenge.

‘There have been so many challenges collectively and individually. Even a few months ago bronze was beyond our wildest dreams.’


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Author: James Goldman