Australia beat India to win hockey gold

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Australia beat India 7-0 in the men’s hockey final on Monday to maintain their perfect Commonwealth Games record and end their gold medal chase in style.

The six-time defending champions showed their opponents no mercy in sweltering conditions on the final day of sporting action in Birmingham.

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Australia have won every gold medal in men’s hockey since the sport joined the Commonwealth Games program in 1998.

The dominant Australians led 2-0 after the first quarter and two goals from Jacob Anderson helped them lead 5-0 after 30 minutes.

Nathan Ephraums scored his second to make it 6-0 and Flynn Ogilvie completed the rout early in the final quarter.

Australian Blake Govers said the team held on to their best performance until the end.

“That’s what we’re proud of,” he said. “It’s great to do it without too many heart problems.

“We had to play with confidence and play forward and take the game from the start, and that’s what we did. That’s the difference between the two games (final and semi-final against England) .”

Host country England beat South Africa 6-3 to claim bronze.

Australia leads the medal table with 67 gold medals, 10 ahead of England. Canada is third with 26 gold medals and India has 22.

The closing ceremony takes place at Alexander Stadium later on Monday, capping 11 days of sporting action at the 22nd Commonwealth Games.

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