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Former hockey greats end four-decade medal drought with 5-4 win over Germany to secure bronze at the Tokyo Games.

Former hockey greats India ended a four-decade medal drought on Thursday with a 5-4 win over Germany to secure bronze at the Tokyo Games.

India are the most successful nation in men’s Olympic hockey with eight titles but have not taken gold since Moscow 1980, which turned out to be their last medal of any colour for 41 years.

Simranjeet Singh struck the 34th-minute winner having also equalised Timur Oruz’s early opener in the 17th.

Indian players celebrate after winning their match for Olympic bronze [Bernadett Szabo/Reuters]

Hardik Singh (27), Harmanpreet Singh (29) and Rupinder Pal Singh (31) also struck for India while Niklas Wellen (24), Benedikt Furk (25) and Lukas Windfeder (48) grabbed the other German goals.

The defeat leaves the German men without a hockey medal for the first time since 2000, having taken bronze in 2004 and 2016, and gold in 2008 and 2012.

Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran of India poses for pictures as he celebrates [Bernadett Szabo/Reuters]

Belgium, silver medallists five years ago in Rio, take on Australia for gold later on Thursday.

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