Argentina beat India, to face Netherlands in hockey final

Published August 5, 2021
BRITAIN’S Ben Maher, riding Explosion W, competes in a jump-off in the equestrian jumping individual final on Wednesday. Maher earned Britain their second straight gold in equestrian individual jumping by besting five riders in a jump off. Maher follows Nick Skelton, who retired shortly after winning gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, to give the country its second gold overall in the event. Just six of the 30 finalists completed their runs without penalty, and Maher had the fastest time out of all of them in the jump-off round at 37.85. seconds Sweden’s Peder Fredricson on All In retained
BRITAIN’S Ben Maher, riding Explosion W, competes in a jump-off in the equestrian jumping individual final on Wednesday. Maher earned Britain their second straight gold in equestrian individual jumping by besting five riders in a jump off. Maher follows Nick Skelton, who retired shortly after winning gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, to give the country its second gold overall in the event. Just six of the 30 finalists completed their runs without penalty, and Maher had the fastest time out of all of them in the jump-off round at 37.85. seconds Sweden’s Peder Fredricson on All In retained

TOKYO: Argentina’s players hugged each other and cried after reaching the women’s hockey final at the Tokyo Olympics with a 2-1 win over India on Wednesday.

Argentina will face the Netherlands in Friday’s final, while India will battle Britain for bronze.

Argentina suffered an early setback, conceding a second-minute goal when India’s Gurjit Kaur flicked the ball into the goal off a penalty corner.

Las Leonas equalised halfway through the first half when captain Maria Noel Barrionuevo also scored off a penalty corner. The 37-year-old, Argentina’s oldest player, settled the match six minutes into the second half.

In the other semi-final, the Netherlands notched up a convincing 5-1 victory over 2016 Rio Olympic champions Britain to reach the Olympic finals for a fifth straight time.

The Netherlands took the lead in the first half when Laurien Leurink outsmarted her opponent and her pass reached 21-year-old forward Felice Albers who shot the ball through the legs of British goalie Madeleine Hinch.

The Netherlands, who won silver in Rio after taking home the top prize at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, doubled the score less than a minute later through a powerful shot by Marloes Keetels.

After the halftime break, the Netherlands extended their lead to 4-0 with goals by Maria Verschoor and Albers.

Britain had beaten the Dutch in a penalty shootout in the Rio final but, here, the gap between the two sides was too large for the British to overcome, though they got a goal back when Giselle Ansley flicked in a penalty corner before Frederique Matla made it 5-1 for the Netherlands.

Friday’s match will give Argentina a chance to take revenge against the Dutch for their defeat in the final of the 2012 Olympics, when the Netherlands won 2-0.

Published in Dawn, August 5th, 2021

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