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Shankar Laxman

Full name: Shankar Pillay Laxman
Other name(s): Shankar Lakshman
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: July 7, 1933 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: April 29, 2006 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India
Affiliations: Services Sports Control Board
Country: IND India
Sport: Hockey

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

As a teenager, Shankar Laxman quit school to join the Indian Army. Originally a football player, he learned hockey in the Army, and represented the armed forces in the Indian competition, and was soon selected as the goalkeeper for the Indian national team. Playing in a period of intense hockey rivalry - not to mention political tension - between Indian and Pakistan, Laxman played six major international finals, all against Pakistan. He won his first Olympic gold medal in 1956, but then lost three consecutive finals at the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games, and the 1960 Olympics. India recovered to win at the 1964 Olympics and 1966 Asian Games, with Laxman the captain at the latter tournament. After missing the selection for the 1968 Olympics, Laxman quit hockey. He remained with the Army, retiring in 1979 as a captain of the Maratha Light Infantry. He lived the final years of his life in poverty, and died after suffering gangrene in one leg. Following his death, the stadium at the infantry school in his home town Mhow was renamed in Laxman's honor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Hockey Men's Hockey India IND 1 Gold
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey Men's Hockey India IND 2 Silver
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey Men's Hockey India IND 1 Gold

Men's Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result GP G
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Hockey India IND Final Standings 1 1956-11-23 4 0
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Hockey India IND Final Round Match 1/2 1 1956-12-06 IND 1, PAK 0 0
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Hockey India IND Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1956-12-03 IND 1, GER 0 0
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Hockey India IND Group A Match #2 1 1956-11-26 IND 14, AFG 0 0
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Hockey India IND Group A Match #5 1 1956-11-30 IND 6, SIN 0 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Final Standings 2 1960-08-26 6 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Final Round Match 1/2 2 1960-09-09 PAK 1, IND 0 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1960-09-07 IND 1, GBR 0 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1960-09-05 IND 1, AUS 0 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Group A Match #1 1 1960-08-27 IND 10, DEN 0 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Group A Match #3 1 1960-08-30 IND 4, NED 1 0
1960 Summer 27 Roma Hockey India IND Group A Match #5 1 1960-09-02 IND 3, NZL 0 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Final Standings 1 1964-10-11 9 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Final Round Match 1/2 1 1964-10-23 IND 1, PAK 0 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1964-10-21 IND 3, AUS 1 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #3 1 1964-10-11 IND 2, BEL 0 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #5 1T 1964-10-12 IND 1, GER 1 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #12 1T 1964-10-14 IND 1, ESP 1 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #16 1 1964-10-15 IND 6, HKG 0 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #18 1 1964-10-17 IND 3, MAS 1 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #22 1 1964-10-18 IND 3, CAN 0 0
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Hockey India IND Group B Match #28 1 1964-10-19 IND 2, NED 1 0
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