Argentina women claimed a first golf PIC: Hockey Argentina

Hockey 5s saw packed crowds and plenty of goals at the Youth Olympics as the sport goes from strength to strength at junior level – but it’s not for everyone

Lapping it up

Argentina kept the media waiting after their 3-1 success over India in the women’s final. After collecting their gold medals, they danced and left fans happy for an hour after their historic win.

Why no Great Britain team?

While Zambia continued to make hay in the shortened format, Vanuatu’s under-18s continued to make friends and Argentina won a first gold (in either Youth or Senior Olympics), there were some notable missing nations at the Hockey 5s. If attention spans are indeed getting shorter and Olympic chiefs are forever looking at ways of making the Games cheaper, with fewer athletes, and a bite size formula, then surely Hockey 5s will one day become part of the Olympic fabric.

The likes of Holland, Great Britain and Germany didn’t take part in European qualifying – Poland and Austria winning places – while New Zealand and the USA also didn’t participate. Asian nations, meanwhile, were eager after a hotly-contested qualifying competition.

A Great Britain Hockey spokesperson said: “With finite resources at our disposal, the Hockey 5s format is not currently a priority at that age group. We do of course regularly review our strategy and we could revisit this decision in the future.”

Hockey 5s not for everyone

What they said

“I cannot not believe it. It is a unique experience to get the chance to win such a title and share it with all my friends and family! This happens once in a lifetime! We are a strong group and if we stay as unified as we are now we can go really far!”
Argentina’s Victoria Miranda


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