Heartbreak for history-making Indian women, lose out on maiden Olympic hockey medal
But a desperate Great Britain gave their everything in the second half and scored two goals to snatch the match from Indias hands.India scored three goals in a span of five minutes through Gurjit Kaur 25th, 26th minutes and Vandana Katariya 29th to stun Great Britain.But the Britishers found the net four times through Elena Rayer 16th, Sarah Robertson 24th, skipper Hollie Pearne-Webb 35th and Grace Baldson 48th to emerge winners.Indias best performance in the Olympics was a fourth place finish in the 1980 Moscow Games.
The history-making Indian women's hockey team's dream of securing its maiden Olympic medal remained unfulfilled as it lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off match at the ongoing Games here on Friday.
The heartbreak came a day after the Indian men's team ended a 41-year-old medal drought by clinching bronze with a 5-4 win over Germany.
The Indians played their hearts out and overcame a two-goal deficit to lead 3-2 at half time. But a desperate Great Britain gave their everything in the second half and scored two goals to snatch the match from India's hands.
India's best performance in the Olympics was a fourth place finish in the 1980 Moscow Games. In that edition, there were no semifinals as only six teams competed in a round-robin format with the top two featuring in the final.
As expected, Great Britain started strongly and had the lion's share of ball possession and chances in the first quarter.
The Indians made some circle penetrations but failed to create any clear cut chances and were also guilty of losing possession at the midfield.
In between Great Britain also wasted another penalty corner.
Minutes later, the former gold-medallists secured their third penalty corner which yielded no result.
India got their first penalty corner soon but wasted it.
A minute later, India got two back-to-back penalty corners and Gurjit converted the second chance to reduce the margin.
The momentum shifted completely in India's favour as they started to attack with numbers and threatened the Great Britain goal frequently thereafter in the second quarter.
Down by a goal, Great Britain were expected to come out hard after resumption and they did exactly that forcing the pace of the game, securing a penalty corner two minutes into the third quarter but India defended well.
But a minute later, Great Britain drew level through skipper Hollie Pearne-Webb.
The Indians then secured two more penalty corners but couldn't utilise them.
Savita stood like a wall in front of the Indian goal and pulled off some brilliant saves to deny Great Britain.
A second from the end of third quarter, India secured the seventh penalty corner but to no effect.
The ploy worked as the Indian backline wilted under pressure and conceded four quick penalty corners, three of them in succession and Baldson scored from the last one with a flick that went through Savita's legs.
India had one more chance in the form of a penalty corner in the last eight minutes but Great Britain defended stoutly to deny Gurjit a hat-trick.
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