Rio: Here we come!

Ashley Jackson and David Ames celebrate at full time against Pakistan


With their tense quarter final win over Pakistan yesterday afternoon Great Britain had taken a giant step towards securing their qualification for the Olympics in Rio. However, just hours later that giant step turned into a reality after India’s win over Malaysia.

Six places for Rio are up for grabs from the two Hockey World League semi finals, i.e. the top three in each competition. However, as Continental Champions qualify directly for the Olympics, if these teams also finish in the top three in the HWL semi finals then additional places for the next highest ranked teams from the HWL become available.

As India have already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by virtue of winning the 2014 Asian Games, a top three finish for them in Antwerp would create an Olympic opening for the highest ranked of the fourth place finishers from the two HWL Semi-Final events held in Argentina and Belgium.

With Canada, ranked 15th, finishing fourth in the World League in Argentina that means Great Britain, ranked fifth are guaranteed their place at the Rio Olympics even if they finish fourth in Belgium.

This fantastic news comes just eleven days after Great Britain’s women booked their place in the Rio Olympics with a stunning seven wins from seven in their World League semi-final ensuring both Danny Kerry’s and Bobby Crutchley’s sides will represent Team GB in Rio 2016.

Fancy celebrating both teams' qualification for the Olympics? What better way than by coming to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre this summer to cheer on Bobby Crutchley and Danny Kerry's sides as they go for gold at the Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015! All the details are on www.eurohockey2015.co.uk.