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India women win FIH Series Finals

June 23, 2019 18:52 IST

The Indian women's hockey team celebrates

IMAGE: India's players celebrate after clinching victory over Japan in the FIH Series Final tournament in Hiroshima on Sunday. Photograph: FIH/Twitter

India won the women's FIH Series Finals hockey tournament, beating hosts Japan 3-1 in the summit clash in Hiroshima on Sunday.

The Indian women overcame stiff resistance from the Asian champions after taking an early lead at the Hiroshima hockey stadium.

 

Captain Rani Rampal gave India the lead in the third minute before drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur struck twice, in the 45th and 60th minutes, to seal the issue after Kanon Mori had drawn the Japanese abreast in the 11th minute.

India had already secured its place in the final round of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers by making it to the final of the tournament.

Rani was adjudged the best player of the tournament while Gurjit emerged the top-scorer.

In the third place play-off, Chile beat Russia 3-1 in the shoot-out after the teams were locked 3-3 at full-time.

India head coach Sjoerd Marijne was pleased with the triumph.

“It was a tough match, we are happy with the 500 points. We came here with a mission for the 500 points.

"It gave us the opportunity to play home... I think we have defended very well and we can play fast combination hockey and we have a really good drag flick,” he said.