The Indian males’s and girls’s hockey groups jumped one spot every to attain their highest-ever world rankings at quantity 3 and eight respectively, using on their historic marketing campaign on the Tokyo Olympics.
The Indian males’s group, which ended a 41-year-old medal drought by clinching a historic bronze in the Olympics, was positioned behind gold-medallist Belgium and silver-medallist Australia.
“It’s the reward of all of the laborious work and dedication in direction of the sport we love, in direction of the sport which has given us every thing,” stated Indian males’s group captain Manpreet Singh in a launch issued by Hockey India.
“This rating and the Olympic medal after 41 years mark the rise of Indian Hockey…there isn’t a trying again now, now we have set the benchmark for ourselves and wish to develop from right here.”
Whereas the boys’s facet claimed the bronze, the ladies’s group narrowly missed out a medal after happening to Nice Britain within the hard-fought third-place play-off, to end at the fourth place.
“We have been very near ending on the rostrum, and it’s hurting the group that we didn’t. Nonetheless, trying on the shiny facet, now we have made outstanding progress lately, and I’m actually happy with it,” ladies’s group skipper Rani Rampal stated.
“Ending within the prime 4 at Olympics, and climbing to the eighth place in world rankings, is a really huge factor for us, and this has boosted our confidence, it would definitely assist us develop going ahead.”
Manpreet and Co. had completed second in Pool A, profitable 4 out of 5 group section matches and defeated Nice Britain 3-1 in quarterfinal earlier than shedding 2-5 in opposition to Belgium of their historic semifinal.
Nonetheless, they staged a outstanding comeback to seize a 5-4 win over Germany to clinch a historic bronze medal at Olympic Video games and in consequence climbed as much as their best-ever world rating.
“I have to admit, I really feel privileged to have performed a component within the rise of Indian Hockey. It’s a terrific feeling that we received the historic Bronze Medal in addition to attaining the very best rating on the again of our stable efficiency within the Olympics,” Indian males’s group chief coach Graham Reid stated.
“We performed like a unit, with the correct of perspective, and I believe that has helped the group obtain this feat.”
After struggling three losses within the preliminary section, the ladies’s group pulled off arguably its greatest upset by beating world quantity 3 Australia in what was its first ever quarterfinal of the Olympics.
Nonetheless, the ladies’s group misplaced each semifinal and the bronze medal play-off match in opposition to Argentina and Nice Britain, respectively.
Outgoing Indian ladies’s group chief coach Sjoerd Marijne stated, “Attaining eighth rank on the planet rating and ending among the many prime 4 at Olympics, is a giant step for Indian Girls’s hockey, and I believe each group will certainly take us severely.
“The athletes have that want to study and enhance every day, and I really feel this is likely one of the greatest the reason why we might end among the many prime 4.”
The boys’s group was ranked No.4 in March final yr on the again of their scintillating performances within the first three rounds of the second version of FIH Hockey Professional League.
Alternatively, the ladies’s group’s earlier highest world rating was ninth, which they completed by producing their finest end (Quarter Finals) on the World Cup in London in 2018.
Having reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the ladies’s group had turn into the top-ranked Asian group and went on to clinch the silver medal on the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta.