Indian women win Asia Cup Hockey, qualifies for Hockey World Cup

Indian women's hockey team were crowned champions of Asia in women's hockey as they beat China 5-4 in the final via penalty shootout to win the Asia Cup in Japan on Sunday. This is a double delight for Indian Hockey as Indian Men were crowned champions of Asia last month in the Men's category. 
Also this is India's first Asia Cup in 13 years and they now automatically qualify for the Women's World Cup in 2018 as Asian champions.
It was India who took the lead in the match thanks to a goal from Navjot Kaur which was scored in the 25th minute. Later after 22 minutes China found a equaliser through Tiantian Luo who converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute.
In the shootout, India's heroine was Rani Rampal as she held her nerve to score the sudden-death decider and then India's goalkeeper Savita Punia made a crucial save to give India the title.
Crucial save from Savita Punia

This will be India's seventh appearance at the Women's Hockey World Cup. They took fourth place in the World Cup held in Mandelieu, France in 1974, losing to West Germany in the bronze medal match. Since then they have finished seventh, ninth, 11th twice and 12th. Their performance at the Women's Asia Cup will give new Head Coach Harendra Singh high hopes of a strong performance in London next year.
The Hockey Women's World Cup 2018 will be held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England from July 21 to August 5.

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