In a pulsating bronze play-off, India edged past Germany 5-4 to earn a podium finish at the Games after 41 years.
INDIA’S RESULTS IN HOCKEY SINCE 1928 OLYMPICS
“Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian. Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze,” tweeted Modi.
Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian. Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for b… https://t.co/fTTZo8eYDL
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1628133848000
“With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team.”
प्रफुल्लित भारत! प्रेरित भारत! गर्वित भारत!टोक्यो में हॉकी टीम की शानदार जीत पूरे देश के लिए गर्व का क्षण है।ये… https://t.co/i0hNqAApAl
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1628136567000
India’s only individual gold medallist at the Olympics and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra also cherished the “proud moment”.
“An emotional moment for the entire nation, a moment of pride. The long wait has ended! Congratulations to the Indian Men’s Hockey team for their splendid achievement,” tweeted Bindra.
Also a massive congratulations to all the those who supported the sports development over the last decade.… https://t.co/VYAUv9IIQi
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) 1628141322000
Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also hailed the hockey team and praised the efforts of goal-keeper PR Sreejesh for saving a penalty corner in the dying moments of the game.
“Congratulations to each & every member of the hockey contingent on winning the #Bronze (medal) for India! A fantastic hard fought win. The penalty corner save by Sreejesh in the dying moments of the game was amazing. Entire (India) is immensely proud! ,” tweeted Tendulkar.
Congratulations to each & every member of the hockey contingent on winning the #Bronze for India!A fantastic hard… https://t.co/4eQFlwhuLG
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1628136537000
Ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi was impressed with the approach of the Indian players.
“Lion Hearts!!! Can’t say enough about the attitude, first coming back and then holding on. Congrats @TheHockeyIndia on making history. Truly emotional moment for the country. @allthatglittersisnotgold#Olympis,” tweeted Bhupathi.
Lion Hearts !!!! can’t say enough about the attitude , first coming back and then holding on . Congrats… https://t.co/p0dwd6JIQX
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) 1628133838000
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur too congratulated the ‘Men in Blue’ for their performance.
“A BILLION CHEERS for INDIA! Boys, you’ve done it! We can’t keep calm! #TeamIndia! Our Men’s Hockey Team dominated and defined their destiny in the Olympics history books today, yet again! We are extremely proud of you! #Tokyo 2020,” tweeted Thakur.
A BILLION CHEERS for INDIA 🇮🇳!Boys, you’ve done it !We can’t keep calm !#TeamIndia 🥉!Our Men’s Hockey Team do… https://t.co/TReKzEo8Om
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1628133517000
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, whose government has supported both the hockey teams, congratulated the team.
“Brilliant in Blue. Congratulations Indian Men’s #Hockey Team on the spectacular victory to give us an Olympic medal after 41 long years. This historic win at #Tokyo 2020 will inspire generation of sportspersons. All the very best for the future. #Cheer4India @thehockeyindia,” tweeted Patnaik.
Brilliant in Blue 👏Congratulations Indian Men’s #Hockey Team on the spectacular victory to give us an Olympic med… https://t.co/kGgKF4S692
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) 1628134906000
India cricketers Shreyas Iyer, Harmanpreet Kaur also savoured the moment.
“Terrific achievement and one for the history books! What a wonderful team! Congratulation’s boys,” tweeted Iyer.
Terrific achievement and one for the history books! What a wonderful team! Congratulations boys 🇮🇳👏 https://t.co/CArtZVH4LF
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) 1628134524000
Kaur tweeted, “41 years was a long wait. Well done boys @manpreetpawar07 and Team. You’ve been stunning on the field. We are all so proud of you. Jai Hind.”
41 years was a long wait . 🥉Well done boys @manpreetpawar07 and Team . You’ve been stunning on the field .We are… https://t.co/om5rNlseSt
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) 1628135824000
Former India pacer RP Singh said the bronze medal was no less than a gold.
“Bronze looks like gold as it has come after 41 long years. Proud of our boys!,” tweeted RP.
Bronze looks like gold as it has come after 41 long years. Proud of our boys!
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) 1628133609000
Noted boxer Vijender Singh, himself a former Olympic medallist, tweeted, “Well done boys.”
Well done boys 🇮🇳
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) 1628134005000