Whiteman could be set to star at the 2016 Olympics

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Tim Whiteman could be set to feature at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, after the Great Britain men’s hockey team had their qualification confirmed this week.

The former Harleston Magpies player is currently with the national side in Antwerp, Belgium competing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

First-half strikes from Chris Griffiths and Alastair Brogdon proved enough to secure a 2-1 quarter-final victory over Pakistan and set up a thrilling semi-final clash with the highly-fancied World Champions Australia.

Wednesday’s victory left Great Britain initially thinking they had taken a giant step towards securing one of six qualification spots for the Olympics from the two Hockey World League semi finals, but their aspirations soon became a reality after India overcame Malaysia a few hours later.

That is because as India have already qualified for Rio 2016 by virtue of winning the 2014 Asian Games, a top three finish for them in Antwerp would create an Olympic opening for the highest ranked of the fourth place finishers from the two semi-final events held in Argentina and Belgium.

And with Canada, ranked 15th, finishing fourth in the World League in Argentina, Great Britain, ranked fifth, are therefore now guaranteed their Olympic spot with a fourth-place finish in Belgium.