India clinched the women’s FIH Series Finals hockey tournament by beating hosts Japan 3-1 in the summit clash here on Sunday.
The Indian women eked put a hard fought win over the Asian champions at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium.
Captain Rani Rampal gave India the lead in the 3rd minute before drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur struck twice (45th and 60th minutes) late in the match to set up the win.
Kanon Mori scored the lone goal for Japan in the 11th minute.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said India’s victory in women’s FIH hockey tournament will inspire many young girls to excel in the sport.
“Exceptional game, excellent outcome! Congratulations to our team for winning the Women’s FIH Series Finals hockey tournament,” PM Modi tweeted.
This stupendous victory will further popularise hockey and also inspire many young girls to excel in the sport, the prime minister said.
The Indian women’s team has already secured its place in the final round of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers after entering the final of this tournament.