Team GB’s women’s hockey team surged past Japan 4-0 at a bustling Riverbank Arena in their first preliminary match on Sunday.
The hosts, who are now joint top of Group A with China, raced ahead as Alex Danson struck after seven minutes to set Team GB on their way to victory. Sarah Thomas added a second before Sally Walton found the net and Danson fired her second as Great Britain stormed to a 4-0 lead by the break.
With the game beyond Japan they looked to restore some pride but the classy British side were as solid defensively as they were ruthless in attack.
Team GB move on to face Korea on Tuesday with the top two teams in the group progressing to the semi-finals.
"We have had four years of preparation and I think last night was the first night I have gone to sleep and thought 'we can't do anything else',” said Danson. “We're so happy. It is the first of a number of boxes ticked. I can't believe I am at home and my family are watching but, to be honest, I don't mind who scores, as long as we score one more than the opposition."
"We celebrate goals like we do because we have trained so hard for hours and hours and hours. It is an accumulation of all that work."