Top five achievements of Indian women’s hockey star Vandana Katariya
She became the first Indian woman to participate in 300 international matches.
Hailing from Haridwar, Vandana Katariya’s career ascended in 2013, as she emerged as India’s top scorer in the Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2013, where India secured a bronze medal. The ace forward displayed exceptional prowess by netting five goals during the tournament, ranking her as the third-highest scorer.
With an impressive international career, Vandana Katariya, has participated in 300 international matches for the senior hockey national team. She was a vital contributor to the Indian team’s success in winning a bronze medal at the Asian Games in 2014 and also represented the nation at the prestigious Rio Olympics 2016 and Tokyo Olympics 2020.Vand
Key Highlights of Vandana Katariya’s career
- Vandana Katariya was a key player in India’s bronze medal-winning campaign at the Junior World Cup 2013.
- The 31-year-old was the top-scorer at the FIH Hockey World League 2014-15, with 11 goals.
- Vandana Katariya was a key player in India’s historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She scored four goals in the tournament, including a hat-trick against South Africa.
- The striker was also a key member during Asian Games 2023 and Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign in 2022, where India won bronze.
- Katariya was honored with Hockey India’s Player of the Year Award in 2014.
Vandana Katariya’s top five achievements
Bronze medal at the Junior World Cup 2013
Vandana played a pivotal role in India’s bronze medal winning campaign at the Junior World Cup 2013. She scored five goals in the tournament, the third most by any player. Her performance helped India defeat England in the finals.
This performance at the Junior World Cup 2023 was a major breakthrough in her career. She proved that she had the potential to become one of the best players in the world.
Top scorer at FIH Hockey World League 2014-15
The experienced forward was the top scorer at the FIH Hockey World League 2014-15, with 11 goals helping India win the tournament. She was also named Hockey India’s Player of the Year for her performance in the tournament.
Katariya’s performance at the 2014-15 FIH Hockey World League unveiled that she was one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the world.
Silver medal at Asian Champions Trophy 2018
The striker was a key player in India’s silver medal winning campaign at the Asian Champions Trophy 2018. She scored three goals in the tournament, including two in the final against Japan. Katariya’s goals helped India to reach the final of the tournament, where they lost to Japan in a penalty shootout. However, her individual performance was outstanding.
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First-ever Indian woman to score hat-trick at Olympic Games
Vandana played a central role in India’s historic fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She scored four goals in the tournament, including a hat-trick against South Africa. With this she became the first Indian woman to score a hat-trick at the Olympics.
300 International Caps
On October 31, Vandana Katariya became the first Indian woman to play 300 international matches. She achieved this feat during India’s match against Japan at the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2023 on Tuesday, 31 October.
In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Vandana Katariya received the esteemed Padma Shri award – India’s fourth highest civilian honor – highlighting her significant achievements in the field of sports – in March 2022.
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