It was the long wait of 41 years. Last time it was narrowly missed in 2000 Sydney Olympics when a draw was required to low ranked Poland team (till that moment it was unknown that they actually plays it), it was thought that it will never recovered.
With the turn of century new hopes arises with the advent of young blood players like Gagan Ajit Singh, Jugraj Sinch. They were fast and seem that India would now be able to match the changing ways of playing hockey. A big drawer Jugraj Singh, for his Drag flicking capabilities, also was the reason for all expectation. Then a accident changed everything when Jugraj was injured in a road accident.
Since then it was slow and steady progress that brought India bronze finally