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India fifth in FIH rankings
December 19, 2004 18:31 IST
India managed to hold on to the fifth place in world rankings despite finishing outside the medal bracket in the recent Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Lahore.
World champions Germany, who survived the relegation in the elite six-nation championship by the skin of their teeth, went one position up to replace Australia at the top.
The Olympic champions paid the price for skipping the meet as they came one step down to the second spot followed by Holland, Pakistan and India, an International Hockey Federation release said on Sunday.
Spain, who won the title in Lahore, and New Zealand improved their rankings by one place to be at sixth and eighth positions respectively.
Asian powerhouse Korea is seventh.
In the women's section Holland were on top followed by Argentina and Australia.
Men: 1. Germany, 2. Australia, 3. Holland, 4. Pakistan, 5. India, 6. Spain, 7. Korea, 8. New Zealand, 9. England, 10. Argentina.
Women: 1. Holland, 2. Argentina, 3. Australia, 4. China, 5. Germany, 6. New Zealand, 7. Korea, 8. England, 9. Spain, 10. Japan.