Hockey: China girls win first Hockey5s at Youth Olympics in Nanjing
- Updated: August 27, 2014
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.
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)
5. New Zealand
8. South Africa
Source: FIH (www.fih.ch); Editing by SportAsia