75 years of independence, 75 iconic moments from Indian sports activities: No 2 – 1952 Olympics hockey gold

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India will full 75 years of Independence this yr. Here’s a collection acknowledging 75 nice sporting achievements by Indian athletes. Sportstar will current one iconic sporting achievement every day, main as much as August 15, 2022.

India’s Olympic hockey gold in 1952

July 24, 1952: India received the Olympic Hockey Championship and in flip retained the world title. It beat Holland decisively by six objectives to 1 within the remaining performed on the Helsinki Olympic hockey floor, Finland.

The match was a private triumph for Balbir Singh, the Indian centre-forward, who scored 5 objectives.

The Indian ahead line moved in accordance with a rigorously ready plan, which was brilliantly executed by skipper Ok.D. Singh ‘Babu’ and Balbir.

Balbir Singh Sr., who scored 5 objectives in that match, in motion on the Helsinki Olympic Video games of 1952   –  THE HINDU ARCHIVES


After being fully outclassed within the first half, when their strong techniques paid no dividends, the Dutch within the second half determined to fulfill polish with polish, science with science.

This variation in mode of play instantly paid wealthy dividends within the type of their solely aim of the match, scored by their inside-left R.T. Esser. His shot was as spectacular as that of Babu’s.

READ | A day with the hockey legend Balbir Singh 

When the ultimate whistle went up, 5,000 thrilled spectators rose to provide a hearty cheer as India had struck gold for the fifth successive time.

The match was watched by then India’s Minister to Finland, M. Desai and his spouse.

Flags of India, Holland and Britain went up, whereas the band performed India’s Nationwide Anthem, Jana Gana Mana.

(Excerpts from an article first printed in The Hindu in 1952)

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