Indian hockey wins Gold Asian Games Gold, qualify for Rio Olympics

The Indian men's hockey team regained the gold medal after a gap of 16 years while the women's 4x400m relay team also picked up a yellow metal as India added five medals to jump to the ninth position in the overall standings in the 17th Asian Games on Thursday. In a thrilling final, India got the better of Pakistan to win the Asian Games men's hockey gold after 16 years. India and Pakistan were locked 1-1 at the end of 60 minutes of regulation time. In a dramatic shootout, India prevailed 4-2 after goalkeeper Sreejesh brought off a couple of stunning saves.The win ensures India a direct ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. India were playing an Asian Games final after a gap of 12 years.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has congratulated the medal winners at the Incheon Asian Games. "Very good day for India at the Asian Games. Congrats to our Hockey Team & congrats to our women athletes for the Gold in 4x400 metres relay. I have been closely following India`s progress at the Asian Games & I congratulate every medal winner. You make India very proud," the Prime Minister said.