German hockey team clinches Olympic spot

World number one team Germany clinched the last ticket for the men's hockey competition at the Beijing Olympics when they thumped Japan 4-0 on Sunday.

Christopher Zeller (2), Florian Keller (1) and Sebastian Draguhn (1) scored the goals for the Germans in the shutout against Japan. The German team missed the direct qualification for the Olympics due to their fourth place finish at the 2007 European Championships in Manchester.

But that’s all forgotten now as they join hosts China, Asian Games champions South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Britain at the Olympics.

Germany won gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.