FIH women’s series finals: India beat Japan 3-1 to win Gold!

India defeated the 2018 Asia Games champions Japan in a tight encounter by 3-1 to win Gold. The captain Rani started off the proceedings in the first penalty corner. While India failed to convert the second penalty corner, Kanon Mori equalised for Japan to go 1 all.

While the Q2 had both the teams trying their best to score the goal, the Q3 saw Gurjit Kaur gave India the lead with a beautiful drag flick from the top corner. Though there were a few misses from India, they did well to keep Japan quite. In the final quarter, Gurjit Kaur gave India a 3-1 lead with yet another brace.

With the win, India not only won the Gold in the Women’s Series Finals they will also climb up the rankings.

This is important because, in the Olympic Qualifiers, India will face lower ranked opponents which will make things easier for the team to qualify for the Tokyo 2020.