Olympics: India slump to sixth defeat, finish last in hockey event

South Africa finish 11th with a 3-2 win over former gold-medallists.


Afp August 11, 2012

LONDON:


India’s men’s hockey team lost their sixth game out of six at the Olympics yesterday when a 3-2 defeat to South Africa condemned them to 12th and last place in the tournament.


It was the first time that the eight-time champions had gone through an Olympics without winning a match.

“We keep making the same mistakes all the time,” said Sardar Singh, one of the team’s star players. “We have to be aggressive. It was emotionally tough conceding the second goal. We have to be tough in the circle in future. We have to improve a lot. It’s very disappointing. The whole team has been mentally affected.”

Andrew Cronje gave South Africa an eighth-minute lead before Sandeep Singh levelled six minutes later. Timothy Drummond, in the 33rd minute, and Lloyd Norris-Jones, after 64 minutes, gave South Africa a two-goal cushion before Dharmavir Singh reduced the margin for India in the 66th.

Meanwhile, Belgium scored their first Olympic win over Spain since the Montreal Games 36 years ago as two goals from Tom Boon helped them to a 5-2 win and a final placing of fifth. The victory seemed likely from the second minute when Jerome Dekeyser dived in front of the goal-keeper to make a clever deflection from a short corner and put the Belgians in the lead. Spain may still have been suffering from the disappointment of two late penalty corner decisions being overturned as they pushed for the goal against Great Britain which would have earned them a semi-final place.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2012.

COMMENTS (24)

proudindian | 8 years ago | Reply

@squashleo05: That is because there is so much obsession abt India in Pak , its ppl and media are obsessed with India so we amuse ourselves by reading ur pathetic rants abt us... show me 3 sites where India media has commented anything abt Pakistan wining 0 medals...

Super Star | 8 years ago | Reply

Being 12th is better than not qualifying. India scored in all the games (except Belgium). If only they could defend better. Hope they will improve in this area next time. And some smirky comments coming from a country who for several outings has failed to bring home a single medal. It amazes me that such people have the guts to smirk at us. I think its better for Pakistan not to send any player to olympics next time and donate the money for something they are good at. We all know what that is !

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