India deservedly secured a first shot at an Olympic hockey medal since 1980 as they capitalised on British errors in the Tokyo heat to edge a stressful encounter 3-1 after an energy-sapping encounter at the Oi Hockey Stadium.
Dilpreet Singh and Gurjant Singh were the recipients of defensive lapses by Ian Sloan and Liam Sanford to put India 2-0 up by half-time, Sam Ward’s penalty corner pulling one back for a dominant GB in the second half.
Yet with India reduced to 10 men with a seemingly harsh yellow six minutes left, and Britain throwing everything at their opponents, Hardik Singh’s sublime strike on the break sent the 1988 champions packing back to Bisham as world hockey’s well-funded programme ended once again without a medal.
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