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Dhyan Chand

Full name: Dhyan Chand Bais
Nickname(s): Dadda, The Wizard of Hockey
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Born: August 28, 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3, 1979 in Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
Affiliations: United Provinces / Indian Army / Jhansi Heroes Hockey Club
Country: IND India
Sport: Hockey

Related Olympians: Brother of Roop Singh; Father of Ashok Kumar.

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Dhyan Chand won three gold medals as a center-forward for India and is considered the greatest hockey player ever. He learned the game from British army officers and had his first international competition in 1926 on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. He led India to gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1936. In 1947-48 he was still the star of the Indian team but declined selection to the 1948 team, which prevented him from being the only hockey player to have won four gold medals. At the Olympics Chand has two of the highest scoring individual performances ever. In 1932, against the United States, he scored eight goals in leading India to a 24-1 win, while in 1936 he scored three goals against Germany, as India won in the final, 8-1. His younger brother, Roop Singh, played on the 1932 and 1936 Olympic teams and his son, Ashok Kumar, won an Olympic bronze medal in 1972.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey Men's Hockey India IND 1 Gold
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Hockey Men's Hockey India IND 1 Gold
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey Men's Hockey India IND 1 Gold

Men's Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result GP G
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey India IND Final Standings 1 1928-05-17 5 15
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey India IND Final Round Match 1/2 1 1928-05-26 IND 3, NED 0 2
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey India IND Group A Match #2 1 1928-05-17 IND 6, AUT 0 4
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey India IND Group A Match #3 1 1928-05-18 IND 9, BEL 0 1
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey India IND Group A Match #6 1 1928-05-20 IND 5, DEN 0 4
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Hockey India IND Group A Match #7 1 1928-05-22 IND 6, SUI 0 4
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Hockey India IND Final Standings 1 1932-08-04 2 12
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Hockey India IND Round-Robin Match #1 1 1932-08-04 IND 11, JPN 1 4
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Hockey India IND Round-Robin Match #3 1 1932-08-11 IND 24, USA 1 8
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey India IND Final Standings 1 1936-08-04 5 13
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey India IND Final Round Match 1/2 1 1936-08-15 IND 8, GER 1 3
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey India IND Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1936-08-12 IND 10, FRA 0 4
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey India IND Group A Match #2 1 1936-08-05 IND 4, HUN 0 0
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey India IND Group A Match #3 1 1936-08-07 IND 7, USA 0 2
1936 Summer 30 Berlin Hockey India IND Group A Match #5 1 1936-08-10 IND 9, JPN 0 4
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