Tokyo Olympics Men's Hockey: Belgium wins gold after shootout victory over Australia

Belgium won 3-2 in the penalty shootout after the final finished in a 1-1 draw.

Belgium players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout in the men's hockey final against Australia on Thursday in Tokyo.   -  REUTERS

Belgium defeated Australia in a shootout to win gold in men’s field hockey.

The score was tied 1-all at the end of regulation time before Belgium won the shootout 3-2. Alexander Hendrickx scored the penalty stroke that put Belgium ahead in the shootout and Vincent Vanasch got the clinching save.

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Belgium was the 2016 Olympic runner-up.

India won bronze earlier in the day with a 5-4 victory over Germany. It was India’s first field hockey medal since 1980.

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