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India reach semis in women’s hockey, 

shocked mighty Australia

The Indian women hockey team made history on Monday in the Tokyo Olympics as they beat Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals to  make it to the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time in history.  The Rani Rampal-led Indian team defeated world No. 2 Australia in the quarter final clash, with a wise strike by Gurjit Kaur at 22nd-minute.

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Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal in the match during the first half through a penalty corner in a very tightly contested match. The Indian players looked to give it their all as they ensured Gurjit's effort didn't go in vain.

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'The difference is believing in ourselves and believing in their dreams and then it's about going back to reality focusing on your past. I think that is the main thing and that's what we did. If you lose you don't stop believing and that's what I told the girls. The most important thing is to stay in the moment.'  These are the words of Indian women's hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne  over their win to go to the semis.

India's best result was a fourth place finish in a round-robin competition with six teams in the 1980 Olympic Games. 

A day after the Indian men's team entered the Olympic semifinals following a 49-year gap, the world no. the 9 women's side also entered the history books with a phenomenally gritty performance.


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