The last time India had won a medal in hockey was during the 1980 Moscow Games where they clinched the gold.
Tokyo, Aug 5: India defeated Germany 5-4 in a high-intensity goal fest to win the bronze medal in men's hockey here at Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
With this, India ended their 41-year wait for a hockey medal. The last time India had won a medal in hockey was during the 1980 Moscow Games where they clinched the gold.
For the victorious team, Simranjeet Singh scored two field goals while Harmanpreet Singh and Hardik Singh scored from penalty corners.
Germany had taken an early lead with Timur Oruz scoring in the second minute of the first quarter.
India went 3-1 down and then came back to level 3-3, all in the second quarter.
Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke which gave India the lead and completed their comeback after which Simranjeet scored their fifth.
This is India's fourth bronze medal at the Olympics. They last won a bronze in the 1972 Munich Olympics.