Cheruvari Kottieth "C. K." Lakshmanan (5 April 1898 – 3 October 1970) was an Indian sportsman and activist. He represented British India in the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris.[1] He participated in the hurdles event but did not win a medal.[2]

Part of the eight-member Indian contingent that represented the country at the 1924 Olympics, Lakshmanan was the first Malayali to participate in an Olympic event. In the same year, he won gold in the 120-yard hurdles at the first National Athletic Meet in Delhi in 1924.[3] He also played cricket at the first-class level between 1925–26 and 1930–31.[4][5]

Lakshmanan later served in the Indian Army as a major general and subsequently as the director-general of the Indian Red Cross Society. He died on 3 October 1970 in New Delhi.[6]

See also

List of Kerala Olympians


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  2. ^ "Cheruvari Lakshmanan". Olympedia. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Olympians from Kerala". Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  4. ^ "CK Lakshmanan profile". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Olympians Who Played First-Class Cricket". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Obituary - C. K. Lakshmanan". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 4 October 1970. p. 5. Retrieved 11 February 2018.