1956 Olympics: Hockey Earns 6th Consecutive Gold for India, Football team Misses Bronze

Indian Men’s Hockey won 6th consecutive Gold medal, defeating Pakistan in the finals. Football team showed the promise as Neville’s hattrick got them to 4th place.

Indian Performance in Every Olympics
History of All Sports Played at Olympics by India
Indian Medals In Olympics: When and Who Got It!!

Olympics Statistics

    Venue: Melbourne, Australia
    Sports: 151 Events in 17 sports
    Participating Nations: 72
    Athletes Participating: 3,314 (2,938 men, 376 women)

Indian Statistics

    India Ranking: 24
    Flag Bearer: Balbir Singh, Sr. (Hockey)
    Indian Team: 59 (58 men, 1 woman)
    Sports-India: Athletics, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting, Wrestling
    One Female: Mary Rao in Athletics 100 mt

Athletics: 8 for 9 events

    Mary Rao: Last in Women’s 100 metres
    Milkha Singh (21 years): 4th in Round 1 of Men’s 200 metres, 4th in Round 1 of 400 mt
    Sohan Singh: Round 1 of Men’s 800 metres
    Sri Chand Ram: Round 1 of Men’s 110 metres Hurdles
    Jagdev Singh: Round 1 of Men’s 400 metres Hurdles
    Ajit Singh: 14th in Men’s High Jump
    Ram Mehar: 22nd in Qualifying round of Men’s Long Jump
    Mohinder Singh: 15th in Men’s Triple Jump

Football: 4th
Neville D’Souza scored a hattrick against Australia in QF.

    2nd: Sheikh Abdul Latif, Sayed Khwaja Aziz-ud-Din
    Others: Hussain Ahmed, Krishna Kittu, Krishna Pal, Muhammad Kannayan, Muhammad Salaam, Muhammad Noor, Neville D’Souza, Nikhil Nandy, Peter Thangaraj, PK Banerjee (20 year old), Samar Banerjee, Subramaniam Narayan, Abdul Rehman, Tulasidas Balaram (19 year), Mariappa Kempaiah


    1st Round: Walkover by Hungary
    Quarterfinals: Def Australia 4-2 (Neville D’Souza 3, Kittu 1)
    Semis: Lost to Yugoslavia 1-4 (Neville D’Souza 1)
    Bronze Medal Match: Lost to Bulgaria 0-3

Gymnastics: 3 Men

    Pritam Singh, Sham Lal, Anant Ram (Men’s Individual All-Around, Men’s Floor Exercise, Men’s Horse Vault, Men’s Parallel Bars, Men’s Horizontal BarMen’s Rings, Men’s Pommelled Hors

Hockey: India won 6th Consecutive Gold Medal


3rd: Leslie Claudius, Ranganathan Francis, Balbir Singh, Sr, Randhir Singh Gentle
2nd: Raghbir Lal, Govind Perumal, Udham Singh, Amir Kumar (1948)
Others: Shankar Laxman, Bakshish Singh, Charles Stephen, Gurdev Singh, Raghbir Singh Bhola, Amit Singh Bakshi, Hari Pal Kaushik, Hardyal Singh, Balkrishan Singh

    Group: Def Singalore 6-0
    Def Afghanistan 14-0
    Def United States 16-0
    Semi: Def Germany 1-0
    Final: Def Pakistan 1-0

Shooting: 2 for 1 event

    Harihar Banerjee (38 years): 35th in Men’s Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres
    Haricharan Shaw: 38th in Men’s Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres


    Sri Chand Bajaj Round 1 in Men’s 100 metres Freestyle
    Shamsher Khan Round 1 in Men’s 200 metres Breaststroke, Men’s 200 metres Butterfly


    Valli Asari Mookan 12th in Men’s Bantamweight
    Kamineni Eswara Rao 11th in Men’s Middle-Heavyweight
    Dandamudi Rajagopal 9th in Men’s Heavyweight

Wrestling: 7 Men in 7 events

    Baban Daware Men’s Flyweight, Freestyle
    Tarashkeswar Pandey Men’s Bantamweight, Freestyle
    Ram Sarup Men’s Featherweight, Freestyle
    Lakhshmi Kant Pandey Men’s Lightweight, Freestyle
    Devi Singh Men’s Welterweight, Freestyle
    Bakshish Singh Men’s Middleweight, Freestyle
    Lila Ram Men’s Heavyweight, Freestyle

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