Keshav Datt, gold medalist hockey legend passes away


Posted on 07 July 2021


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Keshav Datt, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey, died on Wednesday as a result of age-related diseases. He died at the age of 95. The former centre halfback died at his home in Santoshpur, Kolkata, at 12.30 a.m. Datt was a part of India's hockey golden age.

He was a fearsome halfback who was a member of India's historic performance in the 1948 Olympics, when they defeated host nation Britain 4-0 at Wembley Stadium in London to win the country's first gold medal since independence. Datt had toured East Africa in 1947 under the tutelage of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, before the 1948 Olympics. Datt, who was born in Lahore on December 29, 1925, was a member of the Indian team at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, where they defeated the Netherlands 6-1 in the final to win their fifth consecutive Olympic title.

 

Key Points


  • Keshav Datt, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey, died on Wednesday as a result of age-related diseases.

  • He died at the age of 95



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