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Hockey: China girls win first Hockey5s at Youth Olympics in Nanjing

China celebrate gold in the first Youth Olympic Games hockey5s tournament after beating the Netherlands 3-2 in the challenge shootout after a 5-5 draw in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua / Song Zhenping (ljr).

China celebrate gold in the first Youth Olympic Games hockey5s tournament after beating the Netherlands 3-2 in the shootout following a 5-5 draw in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua / Song Zhenping (ljr).

August 27, 2014: Hosts China beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Nanjing on Tuesday to claim the gold medal in the first-ever Hockey5s competition held at the Youth Olympic Games.

 

China opened up a 4-0 lead by the 16th minute, but the Dutch women rebounded by scoring five goals in eight minutes to take an unlikely 5-4 lead. However, driven by a lively atmosphere in the stadium, the home team netted a late equaliser to force the match into a shootout.

 

In the shootout, goalkeeper Liu Kailin denied Carmen Wijsman before Zhang Jinrong, China’s top scorer, scored the winner.

 

Earlier, Argentina beat Japan 5-2 in the bronze-medal match, with Julieta Jankunas scoring a hat-trick for a total of 19 goals in the event, making her the tournament’s top scorer.

 

New Zealand and Uruguay battled back and forth in a breathtaking fifth-place playoff, with the Kiwis eventually winning 5-4. Germany crushed South Africa 6-1 to secure seventh spot.

 

Women’s Results

Final: China 5:5* Netherlands (3-0; 4-2) *Challenge Shootout: 2:3

3rd/4th place: Argentina 5:2 Japan (0-0; 3-0)
5/6th place: New Zealand 5-4 Uruguay (1-1; 2-1)
7/8th place: Germany 6-1 South Africa (2-1; 5-1)

 

Women’s Ranking

1. China
2. Netherlands
3. Argentina
4. Japan
5. New Zealand
6. Uruguay
7. Germany
8. South Africa
9. Zambia
10. Fiji

 

Source: FIH (www.fih.ch); Editing by SportAsia

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