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GB claim hockey bronze with thrilling win

Great Britain have now won bronze at three Olympic Games – 1992, 2012 and 2020
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Great Britain claimed bronze in the women’s hockey at Tokyo 2020 with a thrilling 4-3 victory against India.

The 2016 gold medallists took an early 2-0 lead but fell 3-2 down in the third quarter.

They came back to draw level before Grace Balsdon struck the winning goal after a succession of penalty corners.

The win means it is the third Olympic Games in a row Great Britain have won a medal, after the women also claimed bronze in 2012.

World champions the Netherlands take on Argentina in the gold medal match at 11:00 BST.

There were tears at full time as Great Britain celebrated their third Olympic bronze medal.

India’s women, competing for a medal for the first time, were unable to mirror the achievements of their men’s team, who won bronze on Thursday to end a 41-year wait for a medal.

GB, who claimed gold following a dramatic penalty shootout victory against the Netherlands five years ago, were deserved winners in Yashio.

Elena Rayer’s deflected cut-back opened the scoring for GB before Sarah Robertson’s excellent reverse-stick strike made it 2-0 after a smart save from goalkeeper Maddie Hinch at the other end.

India rallied when Gurjit Kaur scored twice in quick succession from penalty corners and they went 3-2 up when Vandana Katariya capitalised on a scramble in the D.

GB re-grouped and captain Hollie Pearne-Webb scored a rare goal before the defending champions piled on the pressure in the third quarter.

Balsdon eventually scored the winner from another penalty corner routine and despite a few late attempts from India, GB held on.

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