Great Britain suffer first defeat against China

Crista Cullen celebrates her goal vs China - London Olympics 2012
A penalty corner strike from defender Crista Cullen wasn’t enough to prevent Great Britain slipping to a 2-1 defeat against China in this afternoon’s Pool A encounter at the Riverbank Arena. 

Second half goals for Baorong Fu and China captain Ye Ren inflicted the home nation’s first defeat of the hockey competition on the day that inspirational Great Britain Captain Kate Walsh returned to the starting line-up only days after undergoing surgery on a fractured mandible sustained against Japan.

Great Britain captain Kate Walsh leads her side out against China at Olympic Games London 2012

Great Britain now remain second in Pool A, three points behind the Netherlands, who are their next opponents in the final match of the pool stage on Monday. A win for China against Japan would mean Great Britain requiring a win or draw against their Dutch rivals to progress to the semi-finals of the hockey competition.

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Great Britain’s men will continue their Olympic campaign tomorrow evening at 19:00 when they play in a top of the table contest against world number one side Australia at the Riverbank Arena.

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