Britain book Olympic place

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Great Britain, having achieved their objective of Olympic qualification on Saturday with their best performance of the tournament in beating Argentina 3-1, yesterday defeated Malaysia 2-1 to finish in fifth place.

With the advantage of an early goal by Danny Hall, Britain never looked back in their game against Argentina. Two penalty-corner goals from Calum Giles followed and although they conceded far too many penalty corners it was not until the 59th minute that Maximo Pellegrino scored for Argentina.

Against Malaysia in a game of little importance, Britain dominated long before Giles opened the scoring. Stuart Head scored a second before Malaysia's captain Mirnawan Nawawi replied. "We could have got five or six," said Barry Dancer, the Britain coach.

GREAT BRITAIN: D Luckes (Surbiton); A Humphrey (Cannock), J Wyatt capt (Reading), T Bertram (Bournville), C Parnham (Cannock); D Woods (Southgate), Manpreet Kochar (Reading), J Wallis (Teddington); S Head (Surbiton), D Hall (Guildford), C Giles (Surbiton). Substitutes used: B Sharpe (Cannock), M Pearn (Reading), M Johnson (Cannock).

MALAYSIA: M Ibrahirr; N Nasiruddin, K Shanmuganathan, Maninderjit Singh; N Bakar; K Kavandan, C Fernandez, S Rahman; C Aziz, M Nawawi Capt. S Ibrahim. Substitutes used: C Hust, J Mohan, L Kavandan & M Karim.

Umpires: J Wright (SA) & J Han (Kor).

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT (Osaka, Japan): Saturday: 5/8th places: Great Britain 3, Argentina 1; Malaysia 2, Japan 1. Semi-final round: Spain 4, Poland 1; Pakistan 3, Korea 1. Sunday: 9/12th: Belgium 6, Switzerland 1; New Zealand 6, Belarus 3. 7/8th: Japan 0, Argentina 1. 5/6th: Great Britain 2, Malaysia 1.