Tokyo [Japan], July 31: Vandana Katariya who scored three of India's four goals against South Africa in the final pool A hockey game became the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics here at Oi Hockey Stadium -- South Pitch on Saturday. The 29-year-old forward's three goals made sure that the women's hockey team's hopes to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics remain intact as it will now depend on the outcome of Ireland and Great Britain game. Vandana Katariya's Hat-Trick Helps India Beat South Africa 4-3 in Pool A Match in Women's Hockey at Tokyo Olympics 2020, Stay in Contention for Quarterfinals.
"She shoots, she scores! Vandana Katariya scored 3 of #IND 's 4 goals in their match against #RSA to become the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics!" Tokyo 2020 for India tweeted. In their five Group Stage matches, India won two and lost three. Katariya scored her first two goals in the starting two-quarters of the match and completed the hattrick by scoring the winner in fourth.
2️⃣/2️⃣ successful penalty corner attempts by #IND's Vandana Katariya in their clash against #RSA today! She became the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick at the Olympics.#Tokyo2020 | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Hockey pic.twitter.com/VxSUwJOA7s
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) July 31, 2021
Neha Goyal was the other scorer for India as the team edged South Africa 4-3 in a thriller. It's still not clear if India has qualified in the quarterfinals of the tournament. They will have to wait for the results it Ireland.
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