India Clinches Gold in Men's Hockey at Asian Games 2023, Sealing a Spot at Paris 2024 Olympics with Victory over Japan.India Clinches Gold in Men's Hockey at Asian Games 2023, Sealing a Spot at Paris 2024 Olympics with Victory over Japan.

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India Clinches Gold in Men’s Hockey at Asian Games 2023, Sealing a Spot at Paris 2024 Olympics with Victory over Japan.

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Manpreet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, and Abhishek’s goals secured a dominant 5-1 win in the final for Team India.

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In the Asian Games 2023 men’s hockey final, India triumphed over Japan with a 5-1 score at Gongshu Canal Sports Park Stadium, Hangzhou, China. This victory not only secured the gold medal but also guaranteed India’s spot in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Winners of the Asian Games 2023 hockey tournaments earn a quota for the Summer Games. However, the Indian women’s team lost in the semi-finals to China, ending their Olympic hopes.

Manpreet Singh (25’), Harmanpreet Singh (32’, 59’’), Amit Rohidas (36’), and Abhishek (48’) were the goal scorers for India, while Tanaka Seren (51’) netted Japan’s sole goal.

The win capped off a perfect record for the Indian team coached by Craig Fulton. They dominated their group games and defeated South Korea 5-3 in the semi-finals.

Facing defending champions Japan, India made a strong start but struggled to breach Japan’s defense. Manpreet Singh’s reverse hit in the second quarter broke the deadlock.

Harmanpreet Singh extended the lead with a powerful penalty corner goal. Amit Rohidas made amends for an earlier miss with another penalty corner conversion.

India held a comfortable 3-0 lead, with Abhishek adding another goal. Although Tanaka Seren scored for Japan from a penalty corner, it was too late for a comeback. Harmanpreet Singh sealed the victory with his second goal.

This marked India’s fourth gold medal in men’s hockey at the Asian Games, following their victories in 1966, 1988, and 2014 in Bangkok and Incheon.

Reference:https://olympics.com/en/news/asian-games-2023-men-hockey-india-vs-japan-final-results-scores

Reference:https://www.sportstiger.com/news/asian-games-2023-hockey-indian-mens-team-win-gold-and-seal-paris-olympics-2024-qualification-with-5-1-win-over-japan

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