Tokyo: India is in celebratory mood after its team won the country’s first medal in men’s hockey at the Olympics here after a gap of 41 years. A bronze was as good as gold. “India is proud of our hockey team,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted and called up captain Manpreet Singh to congratulate.
Competing for the third place, the Indian team fought back brilliantly from a two-goal deficit to win 5-4, reminiscent of the glory days when the Indians were a force to reckon with in world hockey.
Indian women’s hockey team are also in with a chance to win a bronze on Friday in their match against Britain.
On Thursday, wrestler Ravi Dahiya took India’s medal tally to 5 as he won a silver in men’s freestyle 57kg after losing to Russian Zavur Uguev in the final. Other medalists for India are Mirabai Chanu (silver, women’s 49kg weightlifting) Lovlina Borgohain (bronze, boxing welterweight), and P.V. Sindhu (bronze, women’s singles badminton).
Meanwhile United States was leading at press time with 91 medals, though China had most golds (34) to US’s 29.