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Hockey rankings: Indian men to finish 2021 among top 3, women drop to ninth

India men's team will end the year with 2296.038 points behind Olympic champions Belgium and toppers Australia.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk Lausanne Updated on: December 23, 2021 17:16 IST
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Highlights

  • The Indian women's team, which finished a historic fourth in Olympics, will end 2021 at 810.32 pts
  • Netherlands women will finish the year at the top of the FIH world rankings
  • Australia have leapfrogged Belgium following the latter's FIH Hockey Pro League draw and defeat

Following their Olympic and Asian Champions Trophy bronze medals in 2021, the India men's hockey team will end the year at their highest-ever third spot in the latest international hockey federation (FIH) rankings released on Thursday.

The Manpreet Singh-led Indian team won the bronze in Tokyo Games earlier this year to end a 41-year medal wait for the country.

India will end the year with 2296.038 points behind Olympic champions Belgium and toppers Australia.

Australia have leapfrogged Belgium in the latest chart following the Red Lions' recent FIH Hockey Pro League draw and defeat at the hands of the Netherlands.

Australia will close the year with 2642.25 points, just 10 points ahead of FIH Hockey Pro League and Olympic champions Belgium, who have 2632.12.

Netherlands (2234.33) and Germany (2038.71) are placed in fourth and fifth positions respectively. The top ten is completed by England (6th - 1990.62), Argentina (7th - 1826.11), New Zealand (8th - 1598.24), Spain (9th - 1532.33) and Malaysia (10th - 1427.18).

The Asian Champions Trophy saw various exchanges of ranking points between the competing teams, although there was little in terms of movement. Champions South Korea remain 16th with runners up Japan still in 17th position. Fourth-placed finishers Pakistan continue to hold onto 18th place, while fifth-placed Bangladesh have dropped two places to 40.

Among women, India have dropped a rung to the ninth spot from the last update. The Indian women's team, which finished a historic fourth in the Tokyo Olympics, will end the year with 1810.32 points.

Netherlands women will finish the year at the top of the FIH world rankings. The Oranje end 2021 with 3015.35 points, over 600 ranking points ahead of second-placed England (2375.78). Olympic silver medallists Argentina will begin 2022 in the third spot, being just 14 points behind England with 2361.28.

Australia (2334.04) will finish the year in fourth place, with Germany (2126.15) and Spain (1959.62) fifth and sixth positions respectively. Belgium (7th place - 1939.88), New Zealand (8th place – 1821.11), India (9th place – 1810.32) and China (10th place – 1677.96) complete the top ten.

(Reported by PTI)

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