Tokyo: India advance to semifinals in Olympic men’s hockey. India defeated Britain by three goals to one in the quarterfinals. For the first time since 1980, India has reached the semifinals of the Olympics.
Dilpreet Singh scored in the seventh minute, Gujrant Singh in the 16th minute and Hardik in the 57th minute. In the 45th minute, Britain tried to make a comeback but India conceded defeat in the face of a united front.
Though the position, penalty corners and chances were more for Britain, it was the Malayalee goalkeeper PR Sreejesh who stood firm in front of the goal post and gave India a convincing victory.
India, who did not qualify for the 2018 Beijing Olympics, returned home as finalists in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But the next five years were India’s triumph. India’s advantage is to reach the third position in the world rankings.
Manpreet and his team are in good form in Tokyo. The team made a legendary comeback after a miserable defeat to Australia in the second match. He then went on to finish third in Pool A after winning all three matches. Even the current Olympic champions, Argentina, were crushed by the Indian leap. The Indian team reached the quarterfinals after winning four of the five matches.
- PR Sreejesh was instrumental in India’s bronze-medal winning campaign at Tokyo 2020
- Sreejesh was nicknamed the ‘Great Wall of India’ for his heroic saves during the Games
- India’s hockey bronze ended the nation’s 41-year wait for an Olympic medal in the sport
Indian men’s hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will receive a cash prize of Rs 2 crore from the Kerala government after the team’s successful campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics earlier this month.
PR Sreejesh earned the nickname of the Great Wall of India for his heroic saves during the team’s bronze-medal winning campaign at the Games which ended the nation’s 41-year wait for an Olympic medal.
Cash rewards have been flowing in for all the members of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams ever since they returned home on August 10.
PR Sreejesh was one of India’s heroes at the Tokyo Olympics. The influential goalkeeper, regarded as one of the best going around in the sport of hockey, guarded the goalpost, making crucial saves that helped India reach their first-ever Olympic semi-final in 49 years.
Sreejesh played a crucial role in India’s win over Germany in the bronze medal play-off match at Tokyo Olympics. Germany had 13 penalty corners but with Sreejesh guarding the post, they managed to convert only one of them.
Sreejesh’s save in the dying moments of the match to deny Germany a goal from penalty corner helped India seal a 5-4 win.