Hockey Rankings: Indian men's hockey team reaches third place, women's at 7th place

Indian men's hockey team reached third place in the latest hockey rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday.

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Indian men's hockey team reached third place in the latest hockey rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday.

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India secured the third position with 2771 points. Image- The Bridge

India's ((2771) hockey rankings have improved after winning the title in the Asian Champions Trophy last month. India won six out of seven matches and drew one. The Indian men's hockey team had defeated Malaysia 4-3 in the final match of the Asian Champions Trophy played on 13 August. In this match, India was initially trailing 3-1 but later made a comeback and won the tournament for the fourth time.

The England team lost to the Netherlands in the Euro Hockey final and fell out of the top three. Netherlands (3113) is on top while Belgium (2989) is in second place. Germany is at fifth and Australia at sixth followed by Argentina and Spain.

On the other hand, the Netherlands is at the top in the women's hockey rankings. While Australia is at second and Argentina at third. However, Belgium (2609) had a great campaign at the EuroHockey Championships. They won the silver medal that propels them ahead of Germany (2574). The two teams occupy the fourth and fifth spots in the world rankings.

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Indian women (2325) have climbed one spot to the seventh position, at the expense of Spain (2173). They finished sixth in the EuroHockey Championships dropping over 150 world ranking points in losses against Belgium and Scotland. While New Zealand (2001) and Japan (1900) continue to hold their ninth and 10th spots, with China (1894) marginally behind Japan in the 11th spot.

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