India women’s hockey team scripted history by qualifying for their maiden Olympic semifinal, defeating three-time champions Australia 1-0. Earlier, the Indian men’s team also qualified for the Olympic semifinal after a long hiatus of 49 years. The Australian team had only conceded one goal coming into the quarterfinals and were huge favourites to claim a podium finish but the Indian eves were up for the stern challenge.
Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur got India off to a blistering start by dodging a goal in the 22nd minute to stun Australia. India were tight on their defence and didn’t allow Australia any opportunity to level. India’s best performance prior to this in women’s hockey in Olympics was when they finished fourth out of six teams in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The Rani Rampal-led side will play Argentina in the semifinal on Wednesday.
“We are so happy, it is the result of hard work that we put in for several, several days. In 1980, we qualified for the Games but this time, we made the semifinals. It is a proud moment for us,” Gurjit said after the match.” “This team is like a family, we have supported each other and found support from the country as well. We are very happy,” she added.
Meanwhile, the sports fraternity hailed the Indian girls for their stunning victory.
Our girls have created history.
Beaten #AUS in the quarter-final match of women’s #hockey by 1-0 to seal their spot in SEMI-FINAL for the first time ever! Best wishes for the semis. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/iZj3H4GPs8
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 2, 2021
Incredible Morning. So proud of our women’s hockey team. Nothing unites us the way sport does !!! #twomoretogo
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 2, 2021
🎵चुटकी कोई काटो न है हम तो होश में
क़दमों को थामो यह है उड़ते जोश में
बादल पे पाँव है, या छूटा गाँव है
अब तो भई चल पड़ी अपनी यह नाव है🎵
History in Tokyo!! Congratulations Indian women's team!! So so proud🇮🇳👏🏻 #GoForGold #Teamindia #Tokyo2020 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/flzwzF2iPh
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 2, 2021
The unbelievable effort from our women's hockey team, never been tensed so much till the last quarter of the game. So so proud of the girls. Congratulations 🎉 #INDvsAUS #hockeyindia pic.twitter.com/1o5llvojmB
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 2, 2021
जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गदपि गरीयसी।
The pride our girls have given us in the greatest sporting event and filled us with so much happiness is unbelievable.
After Mirabai, Lovlina, Sindhu ,now the #Hockey team has made us so proud.
Looking forward to Kamalpreet in dicus throw final pic.twitter.com/vHUCe5fvRd
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) August 2, 2021
Well done to our girls they did their best and congratulations to India, good luck 👍 https://t.co/BddvYlofME
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) August 2, 2021
The saga of grit goes on!
Congratulations to the 🇮🇳 Women's #Hockey team for breaking into the #Tokyo2020 Semifinals. Amazing play and display of skill. Our best wishes for the next match.#Cheer4India #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/cThwmEC7z8
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 2, 2021
— Pankaj Advani (@PankajAdvani247) August 2, 2021
The sheer dominance shown over Australian team, is the class, hard work and determination of @TheHockeyIndia women team to out class 2 time olympic champions and reaching maidan semi finals at the #Olympics2020 ##RuknaNahiHai #leadership #hockeyindia #WomenPower #ChakDeIndia pic.twitter.com/7qIjPw0y3m
— Siddharth Kaul (@iamsidkaul) August 2, 2021
What a wonderful victory !! 👏
An unbelievable and powerful match played by the women of our country, we are proud of you! 💪
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) August 2, 2021