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Dhyan Chand

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDhyan•Chand Bais
Used nameDhyan•Chand
Nick/petnamesDadda, The Wizard of Hockey
Born28 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (IND)
Died3 December 1979 in Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi (IND)
Measurements169 cm
AffiliationsUnited Provinces / Indian Army / Jhansi Heroes Hockey Club
NOC(s) India

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 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    

Other participations

Games Role Details
1936 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing British India    

Olympic family relations