Indian men’s hockey team jumps to fifth place in hockey rankings


Mumbai: Following their silver medal winning performance at the Champions Trophy in London, the Indian men's hockey team on Tuesday jumped two places to fifth spot in the latest rankings, issued by the FIH. 

The rankings were released after the conclusion of the hugely entertaining 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy in London. In the men’s tournament final, India were pipped by reigning world champions Australia 1-3 via penalty shoot-out and had to settle for their maiden silver medal in the meet earlier this month.

There is no change in the men's top three nations, with Netherlands ranked second and Germany third. While England (and Great Britain) remain fourth. In the women's rankings, Argentina's stunning title success at the Champions Trophy keeps them in second place but has seen them narrow the gap with the top-ranked Dutch. Australia and New Zealand remain in third and fourth place respectively, but fifth place is now held by USA, who have moved up from seventh courtesy the brilliant bronze medal that they won at the Champions Trophy on Sunday. The next update of the FIH World Rankings will be published after completion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.