Lausanne, Switzerland: Following the conclusion of the thrilling FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela, we are delighted to reveal the winner of the Poligras Magic Skill Award, as voted for by hockey fans the world over.
From 8-15 February, fans have voted to pick a moment that really captured the magic of our sport in this award, presented by FIH Global Supplier Polytan. The shortlist for the Poligras Magic Skill Award featured six wonderful flashes of brilliance that graced the turf during the fiercely competitive World Cup, ranging from Korea’s brilliant penalty corner routine to Krishan Pathak’s last minute save, which can be found here.
However, there could be only one winner, with the Poligras Magic Skill Award going to Christopher Rühr for putting finishing touches to a fantastic counter-attacking move by Germany, by rounding the keeper, spinning back and scoring from a tight angle, while falling over.
We spoke with Christopher following his victory as he discussed the thought process behind the goal, Germany's triumph in the World Cup, the celebrations that followed in Germany and plenty more. Watch the full interview below.
The success in the Poligras Magic Skill Award is a cherry on top of the cake for Christopher Rühr, as he was among the best players for Germany as they won their third FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup title, staging remarkable comebacks from 2-goal deficits in the quarterfinals, semi-finals and the finals.
Huge congratulations to Christopher Rühr on the success, and thanks to all fans for voting!
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Chosen for 8 Olympic Games, including Paris 2024, Poligras is Sport Group’s hockey turf brand and is available worldwide through Polytan (EMEA, Asia Pacific) and AstroTurf (Americas). The 2022 Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup in Holland and Spain, and the 2023 FIH Men’s World Cup in India are also Poligras events. For more information, visit poligras.com