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Kookaburras lose Tokyo gold-medal shootout | Goulburn Post

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The Kookaburras’ quest for their first Olympic gold medal since 2004 has ended with a gutting penalty-shootout loss to fellow superpower Belgium in a pulsating Tokyo final. Tom Wickham, a late addition to Australia’s Olympic men’s hockey squad in July, delivered a 47th-minute equaliser in the gold-medal decider. The rivals remained locked at 1-1 after a frenzied finish to regular time, with goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch proving the hero in an eventful shootout that Belgium won 3-2. Vanasch denied Blake Govers and Josh Simmonds then celebrated prematurely alongside teammates after Jake Whetton, taking Australia’s fifth shot, failed to score. The video umpire ruled Vanasch illegally erred, giving Whetton a chance to…



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