75 years of independence, 75 iconic moments from Indian sports activities: No 9 - Indian hockey staff clinches gold on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Published:Mar 9, 202414:55
75 years of independence, 75 iconic moments from Indian sports activities: No 9 - Indian hockey staff clinches gold on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

India will full 75 years of Independence this 12 months. Here's a sequence acknowledging 75 nice sporting achievements by Indian athletes. Sportstar will current one iconic sporting achievement every day, main as much as August 15, 2022.

Indian hockey staff wins gold on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics took on the type of a nationwide campaign. The staff had suffered one other jolt when it was as soon as once more overwhelmed by arch-rival, Pakistan, within the 1962 Asian Video games. There have been fears that India's supremacy was being conceded to its new neighbour.

Star midfielder Charanjit Singh was made captain of the staff for Tokyo.

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The six-time champion didn't have issues all its manner within the preliminary video games in Tokyo, not like on the earlier Olympics. Twice it was held 1-1, first by East Germany after which by Spain, a surprising new expertise for the mighty Indians.

The opposite pool matches had been no cakewalks both. Belgium and Malaysia had been overwhelmed 2-0 and 3-1 respectively, and the Netherlands edged out 2-1. Issues had been simpler towards Canada (3-0) whereas Hong Kong was trounced 6-0.

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Nonetheless, it topped the pool with 12 factors, forward of Spain, which completed second, some extent behind, to advance to the semifinals.

Within the semis, India defeated Australia 3-1 whereas Pakistan had it straightforward towards Spain, successful 3-0.

Within the ultimate, Pakistan began as favourites to maintain its title within the ultimate performed at Komaza Park on October 23. 

Prithipal Singh had been the highest scorer until then with 10 objectives whereas Harbinder scored 5. However as in Rome, a single aim would separate the 2 Asian giants within the ultimate. This time although it was an Indian, Mohinder Lal, who scored the match-winner.


The Indian Olympic staff and members and followers rejoice with signal at India-Pakistan Hockey match ultimate through the Tolyo Olympic video games in 1964.   -  THE HINDU ARCHIVES


With 5 minutes gone within the second half, the impasse was damaged. India was awarded a penalty nook. Within the resultant set-piece, the Pakistani, Munir Ahmed Dar, stopped the shot along with his foot. Mohinder Lal stepped in to take the next penalty stroke and slammed the ball previous the Pakistani custodian, Abdul Hamid.

The aim spurred the Pakistanis into renewed motion. Wave after wave of assaults led by the fleet-footed Mohammad Afzal Manna pressured the Indians onto the defensive. However the Indians held on for expensive life, thanks in no small measure to the peerless abilities of the legendary goalkeeper Shankar Laxman who rose magnificently to the event.

(Learn the complete article printed in Sportstar on November 19, 2005)

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