Adding a new chapter in the history of hockey, the Indian team has claimed an Olympic medal after 41 years. India wins the bronze medal by defeating Germany 5-4 on Thursday.
The eight-time former gold-winners, who battled a heartbreaking slump in the last four decades, made the resurgence of the last couple of years count in the best way possible with an Olympic medal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi quickly called it “historic.”
“This historic victory will start a new era in hockey,” wrote President Ram Nath Kovind on the microblogging site.
There were tears and hugs on the field as the Indians led by Manpreet Singh and coached by Australian Graham Reid savoured the historic moment.
It is India’s third hockey bronze medal in the history of the Olympics.
The other two came in 1968 Mexico City and the 1972 Munich Games.