Ipswich hockey star Hannah Martin wins bronze at Olympics

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Great Britain's Hannah Martin celebrates winning bronze in the Women's Bronze Medal Match at the Oi Hockey Stadium on the fourteenth day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. - Credit: PA/Adam Davy

Ipswich hockey star Hannah Martin has won her first medal at the Olympics. 

The Team GB women's hockey side beat India 4-3 to secure bronze at the 2020 Tokyo games on Friday, August 6. 

Great Britain's Anna-Frances Toman (left) and Hannah Martin celebrate winning bronze in the Women's

Great Britain's Anna-Frances Toman (left) and Hannah Martin celebrate winning bronze - Credit: PA/Adam Davy

Although the Rio 2016 champions relinquished their title after losing to the Dutch in the semi-finals, they secured a third successive Games podium finish.

On Twitter, Ms Martin - who used to attend Ipswich School - said she had "no words" for the result. 

This was the 26-year-old's first Olympics after she joined the Team GB squad back in 2017. 

Great Britain's Hannah Martin and team-mates celebrate winning bronze in the Women's Bronze Medal Ma

Great Britain's Hannah Martin and team-mates celebrate winning bronze in the Women's Bronze Medal Match at the Oi Hockey Stadium - Credit: PA/Adam Davy

Ipswich School said it was "so proud" of Ms Martin "who continues to motivate and inspire our younger Ipswichians".

The school added: "What an Olympics for GB Hockey and for us watching as four former students went to Tokyo Olympics."

Ms Martin was not the only Ipswich School alumnus competing at Tokyo for hockey. 

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George Pinner, James Gall and Harry Martin lost out on medals after they were selected for the men's hockey squad. 

Vic Clement, a board member of Ipswich Sports Club and lead on their hockey teams - where Ms Martin used to play - said they "couldn't be prouder" of all the players with Ipswich links at the games. 

"It's so impressive for Ipswich. 

"In the last 30 years, we've had an Ipswich Olympian at the games." 

The Great Britain women's hockey team pose with their bronze medals at the Oi Hockey Stadium on the

The Great Britain women's hockey team pose with their bronze medals - Credit: PA/Adam Davy

Mrs Clement, who stayed up to watch the game with other hockey enthusiasts in Ipswich, said Ms Martin almost did not go to Tokyo as she had injury but "amazingly" managed to get there.

"Ever since she joined the club at 10 she has been [incredible] always]," she added. 

Surbiton Hockey Club, Ms Martin's current team, also congratulated her on the win. 

Sam Beveridge, a coach at Ipswich and East Suffolk Hockey Club, was also there to cheer the team on as part of Team GB. 

Laura Unsworth, part of the Team GB hockey side, said after the game: “The things we have had to overcome as a team, people don’t know about.

"As a squad, we stuck together. We have been resilient – we fight."

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