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Hockey at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Velodrome, Helsinki; Kauriala Field, Hämeenlinna; Porvoo Central Field, Porvoo
Date Started: July 15, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: IND India
Silver: NED Netherlands
Bronze: GBR Great Britain


In contrast to the previous Olympics, the hockey tournament of 1952 was conducted as a single-elimination tournament. The top four teams of London were again seeded. They started competition only in the quarter-finals, and all four reached the semi-finals. Pakistan, which featured [Latif-ur Rehman], Olympic champion with India in 1948, lost to the Dutch, while Britain's second Olympic encounter with former colony India again ended in a loss. The final belonged to [Balbir Singh Dosanjh], flagbearer of the Indian team in Helsinki. He scored five of his team's six goals in the final, reaching a total of 9 for the tournament.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 India IND Gold
2 Netherlands NED Silver
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Pakistan PAK
5T Austria AUT
5T Belgium BEL
5T Germany GER
5T France FRA
9T Switzerland SUI
9T Finland FIN
9T Poland POL
9T Italy ITA