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Hello, I’m Joshua I’m an English teacher at NEP English School and this is Avance Deportivo in English. The women’s hockey competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has three new teams to add to its line-up, after Great Britain, China and Germany finished in the top-three in the first semi-final of the Hockey World League. The semi-final began on 10 June and finished last weekend, on Sunday 21st June in Valencia, Spain. The three teams join Asian champions the Republic of Korea, which means four countries qualified for the women’s competition so far.
In the World League women’s competition, 20 participating countries are divided into two groups of ten to compete in two separate semi-finals – the three top-placed teams from each semi-final win a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In this the first of the two women’s semi-finals, Great Britain won after defeating China by 2-0. Both teams were awarded places at the Olympics, along with third-placed team Germany, who defeated Argentina by 3-1 in a shoot-out after regular time finished in a 1-1 draw.
Heroine of the hour, goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds said: “It was just amazing team spirit. We wanted that ticket and everyone fought until the end. I don’t enjoy the shoot-outs at all. My legs go weak and everything, but I know I have to stop the ball for my team. Going to Rio was the most important thing and we did it!”.
Last weekend (13-14 June), Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands confirmed their Olympic slots in the first semi-final of the men’s tournament, held in Buenos Aires. The second men’s and women’s semi-finals take place simultaneously and are already underway, running from the 20 June to 5 July in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. These semi-finals will yield six more countries for the Olympic Games: three in the men’s category and three in the women’s.
In all, 24 teams (12 men’s and 12 women’s) will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic hockey competition, and all 24 will be have been decided by the end of 2015. The Olympic slots reserved for teams from Asia were won by India in the men’s, and the Republic of Korea in the women’s categories.
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