sport news Tokyo Olympics: Team GB hockey keeper Maddie Hinch urges her side to regroup ...

sport news Tokyo Olympics: Team GB hockey keeper Maddie Hinch urges her side to regroup ...
sport news Tokyo Olympics: Team GB hockey keeper Maddie Hinch urges her side to regroup ...
Team GB hockey keeper Maddie Hinch urges her side to regroup immediately ahead of 'massive' third-place playoff with Argentina or India after Holland loss, insisting 'we would be incredibly proud' to claim bronze at Olympics

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Maddie Hinch has urged Great Britain to keep believing and focus on the 'massive' prize of an Olympic hockey medal after their reign as champions was emphatically ended.

Team GB women were crushed 5-1 by semi-final opponents Holland as the Dutch avenged their 2016 Olympic final defeat when goalkeeper Hinch's heroics during a penalty shoot-out ensured gold medal glory.

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Five years on, though, and Britain will contest the bronze medal match against Argentina or India when they return to the Oi Hockey Stadium on Friday.

Maddie Hinch is desperate for Team GB to bounce straight back in their bronze medal match

Maddie Hinch is desperate for Team GB to bounce straight back in their bronze medal match

'We haven't become a bad team after one game, and we are still going to fight for this bronze medal, which we would be incredibly proud of if we come away with it,' Hinch said.

'I don't think we should fear it. It would be massive for this group if we get a medal. We learnt from Rio that it is all about the power of belief.'

Asked if bronze would mean as much as gold, given the vastly-changed nature of the Tokyo squad since Rio, Hinch added: 'Yes. Given the whole cycle - Covid, change of coaches - then it would be massive for us.'

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