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Tokyo Olympics: Vandana Katariya becomes first Indian female hockey star to score Games hat-trick

Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick against South Africa to keep India Women's hopes alive in the Tokyo Olympics. She is the first Indian female hockey player to do so at the Games.

Tokyo Olympics: Vandana Katariya becomes first Indian female hockey star to score Games hat-trick-ayh
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Tokyo, First Published Jul 31, 2021, 11:49 AM IST
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In what comes as startling news for Indian women's hockey, Vandana Katariya scored a hat-trick to allow India to beat South Africa 4-3 in its final group stage game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to keep its knockout hope alive. However, she attained something special with the hat-trick.

As a result, she is now the first Indian female hockey star to score a hat-trick in an Olympic game. Meanwhile, Katariya began scoring in the fourth minute, while she scored her second in the 17th minute. It was in the 49th minute when she completed her hat-trick.

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