Tokyo Olympics 2020: 'Nothing unites us the way sport does' India women's hockey team book first Olympic semi-final

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India women's hockey team beat Australia 1-0 in the quarter-final at Tokyo Olympics to book a place in the next round. This is India's best-ever showing at an Olympics with the previous best being a fourth place finish at the 1980 Tokyo Olympics. Back then, only six countries competed in the event and India finished fourth in the standings with no classification matches.

The feat by the women's hockey team comes a day after the men reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1972.

With odds stacked against them, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur rose to the occasion when it mattered and converted India's lone penalty corner in the 22nd minute to surprise the Australians. Thereafter, India kept Australia, a team that had scored 13 goals in the five group games, at bay for the large part but not without some nervous moments.

India women's team next play Argentina but before that, there is plenty of reason to celebrate and rejoice for Indian hockey.

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