Surbiton’s Hollie Webb, who was in Great Britain’s starting line-up, opened the scoring in the 25th minute, smashing the ball against the backboard from her country’s first penalty corner of the match.
The second goal also came from a penalty corner, Alex Danson diving to deflect Kate Richardson-Walsh’s shot and give Chinese goalkeeper, Dongxiao Li, no chance in the 35th minute.
With ten minutes remaining, China thought that they had pulled a goal back from a penalty corner after Mengyu Wang’s shot rippled the netting, but Great Britain successfully referred the goal to the video umpire, who agreed that the shot had been dangerous when it struck defender Lily Owsley.
Maddie Hinch once more made some important saves to ensure that Great Britain kept their sixth clean sheet in seven matches.
Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley began the game on the substitutes bench, Twigg joining the game in the sixth minute, with Ansley following her clubmate a minute later.
Great Britain captain, Kate Richardson-Walsh said after the match: “It was an amazing performance in this tournament. We said at the beginning that we’d take one game at a time and build momentum, and that’s what we’ve done. It wasn’t our most stellar performance today but we dug in and took our chances when they came. I’ve played with Alex a long time and it’s really sweet to link up and see that corner come off. ”
She added: “We’re here as a squad of 18 but we have a squad of 31 and we really want to build for the year ahead. We’ve got the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in August, it’s always nice to play as a home nation against Scotland it’s a really good rivalry and I can’t wait!”
Great Britain celebrate their gold medals and qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Photo: Stanislas Brochier/ World Sport Pics.