Bronze for GB women's hockey team
Crista Cullen, right, celebrates her goal against New Zealand
Great Britain's women emulated the groundbreaking side of 1992 in becoming only the second team to win Olympic bronze and secure their place in the history books after a 3-1 victory over New Zealand.
The squad showed impressive fortitude to bounce back less than 48 hours after most of the players left the pitch emotionally distraught having lost a close semi-final to Argentina.
But the burden of expectation did not weigh heavy as, spurred on by a vociferous 16,000-strong crowd, they dominated the game against New Zealand - even if they had to wait until 10 minutes into the second half for their nerves to ease.
Reading striker Alex Danson scored her fifth of the tournament as she dived in to convert a well-practised penalty corner routine, Leicester defender Crista Cullen joined her on that tally with a set-piece of her own and Wales international Sarah Thomas rounded off the scoring from another corner move.
Even Stacey Michelsen's late goal failed to put a dampener on the party. In the heat of mid-afternoon there was a lot of energy expended in the first half for not much return. GB won two penalty corners, Cullen firing the first straight at Bianca Russell and flicking the second low to the keeper's right for her to turn behind.
New Zealand's only corner came in the last minute of the half but Charlotte Harrison deflected Clarissa Eshuis' pass. Seconds after the break the hosts had a huge stroke of luck when Katie Glynn unintentionally deflected Cathryn Finlayson's cross through the legs of goalkeeper Beth Storry only for the ball to rebound off the post.
But GB were still dominating and they eventually got their reward 10 minutes into the half when Cullen's long aerial out of defence set Danson free on the right and her cross won a penalty corner.
This time they went to their alternative option of Kate Walsh and her pass was deflected in by the perfectly-timed dive of Danson. Sally Walton shot straight at Russell before GB finally ended New Zealand's resistance to secure victory in the last 11 minutes.
First Cullen flicked home a set-piece and then Walsh again provided the penalty corner pass for Thomas to divert in the third.
Michelsen popped up with a late consolation for the Kiwis, who recorded their highest Olympic finish, but by then the 16,000-capacity Riverbank Arena crowd were past caring.
Congratulations to the ladies. They deserve the medal. How wonderful for all their hard work. Be proud to be British...be very patriotic,unlike some highly paid so called director. how can anyone who is british be told "dont be too patriotic." Unbelievable. Good for all the british participatants,i say. you should be very proud. i am proud of you all
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