Tokyo Games: Gurjit Kaur scored India’s only goal in their women’s hockey quarterfinal win.© Twitter
Gurjit Kaur scored the solitary goal as India edged past Australia to reach their maiden Olympic women’s hockey semifinal, at the ongoing Tokyo Games on Monday. India defended hard to create a huge upset, with Gurjit converting a lone penalty corner in the 22nd-minute. It was also India’s only penalty corner in the quarterfinal match. The Australians registered 14 attempts, compared to India’s five shots. Here is the video of Gurjit’s excellent drag-flick that helped India create history in an intense quarterfinal victory:
A goal that will go in the history books!
Watch Gurjit Kaur’s brilliant drag flick that led #IND to a 1-0 win over #AUS in an epic quarter-final #Tokyo2020 | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Hockey | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/MkXqjprLxo
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 2, 2021
After the final whistle, the Indian players screamed with joy and hugged each other. They also formed a huddle with Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne, who was already in tears.
The women’s team will face Argentina in their maiden semifinal on Wednesday.
The Indian women’s hockey team made their first Olympic appearance at the 1980 Games in Moscow. The competition was impacted by a boycott, which led to the organisers running a six-team invitation tournament.
India missed out on a medal at the 1980 Games due to a 3-1 defeat to Soviet Union in the final set of round-robin matches.
The women’s team also made their second Olympic appearance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, the Indian team had a string of poor results with four losses and a draw in the group stage.
The women’s team’s quarterfinal win came a day after the Indian men’s hockey team also progressed to the Olympic semifinals for the first time in four decades, cruising past Great Britain 3-1 in their quarterfinal fixture. Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh were the scorers, scoring three field goals.
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