Hiroshima: India clinched the women’s FIH Series Finals hockey tournament by beating hosts Japan 3-1 in the summit clash here Sunday.
The Indian women eked out 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.
Combined team effort helped us perform well throughout this tournament and win finals against Japan in the #FIHSeriesFinals Thanks to our coaches, support staff @TheHockeyIndia @Media_SAI for their guidance and continuous support. Looking forward to working more hard. pic.twitter.com/3KmlwYBzrb
— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) June 23, 2019
Kanon Mori scored the lone goal for Japan in the 11th minute.
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.