Having seen Great Britain level with India heading into the final quarter, Balsdon’s thumping drag flick would prove to be the game winner and earn the defender her first Olympic medal.
Balsdon reflected on the magnitude of the moment, saying: “The goal means everything. I really pride myself in my attacking penalty corners so it’s a dream come true. We’ve worked super hard on them so it’s a dream to see it come off like that.
“I’m extremely happy. We’ve worked incredibly hard, all the heat chamber work we’ve done has paid off. It’s an unbelievable feeling.
“To get three medals is a special legacy to be part of. We’ve got such a good strong squad with real depth, and we’ll look to continue it for years to come.”