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75 years of independence: Iconic moments from Indian sports – 1948 Olympics hockey gold

India will complete 75 years of Independence this year. Here is a series acknowledging greatest sporting achievements by Indian athletes.

India’s 1948 Olympic hockey victory

August 12, 1948: The Indian hockey team’s victory in London in 1948, under the direction of Kishan Lal and including legends like Leslie Claudius, Randhir Singh Gentle, and Balbir Singh Sr., was a turning point for the newly independent nation.

After cruising through the group stage with victories over Austria, Argentina, and Spain, India won gold and defended its global title with a dominant 4-0 victory over Great Britain in the final. In the semifinals, India defeated the Netherlands 2-1.

The Indian team outperformed the British team despite the game being played on a heavily muddy field and some light rain that fell throughout the match. This was due to their excellent ball control, precise passing, and clever positional play.

Although Great Britain put up a strong fight, it was unable to stop the Indians’ lightning-fast advances. It seemed clear that India should win easily before halftime. India might have doubled their score if England had a different goalkeeper than Brodie. He made save after save, preventing India from appearing to have won.

After an outstanding performance in the preliminary rounds, India advanced to the finals, and their ultimate goal total of 25 for them and 2 against them was among the finest ever recorded in Olympic hockey.


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