Australia's women were the favourites to win the field hockey gold in Atlanta, and with good reason. Over the previous few years the so-called “Hockeyroos” had been crowned world champions and had won the Champions Trophy three times in a row. They arrived in the USA on the back of a 30-game unbeaten run and unsurprisingly oozed confidence.
Their closest challengers for Olympic gold were the Republic of Korea. The two teams met in the pool phase, sharing six goals in a closely contested draw. The Australians won all of their other games on their way to the final, setting up a rematch with the Koreans.