India beat Australia 1-0, enter Olympic hockey semifinal for first time


Guwahati: Indian women hockey team created history on Monday (August 2) at the Tokyo Olympics, when they entered the Olympics semifinals for the first time in their history. The Rani Rampal-led Indian team defeated world No. 2 Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinal clash thanks to Gurjit Kaur’s 22nd-minute strike. India’s best result was a fourth-place finish in a round-robin competition with six teams in the 1980 Olympic Games.

This is Indian women’s hockey team’s third appearance in Olympic Games after the 1980 and 2016 Rio Olympics. The girls will now be gunning for a place in the final. India finished their Pool A proceedings in fourth place with six points, riding on back-to-back wins over Ireland and South Africa. The top four teams from each pool made it to the knockout stage.