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Richard Allen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRichard James•Allen
Used nameRichard•Allen
Born4 June 1902 in Nagpur, Maharashtra (IND)
Died1969 in Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka (IND)
Measurements172 cm
AffiliationsPort Commissioners, Calcutta
NOC(s) India

Biography

Besides Dhyan Chand, Richard Allen was one of the big stars of the Indian team and was also involved in India’s first three Olympic victories in 1928, 1932 and 1936. He was the goalkeeper of the Indian team and conceded a total of only three goals at his three Olympic appearances. He was known for his splendid eye, sense of anticipation and quick thinking and never played any other position. He earned his first selection by his excellent performance playing for the Bengal team at the Inter-Provincial Tournament prior to the 1928 Olympic Games.

Allen received his education at the Oak Grove School, Mussoorie, where he got in touch with the sport of hockey, and later at St. Joseph’s College, Nainital, both in Uttarakhand. He later joined the Calcutta Port Commissioners team in 1921 and played for their junior teams until 1926.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1928 Summer Olympics Hockey Hockey, Men Olympic British India 1 Gold Representing British India    
1932 Summer Olympics Hockey Hockey, Men Olympic British India 1 Gold Representing British India    
1936 Summer Olympics Hockey Hockey, Men Olympic British India 1 Gold Representing British India