India at the
1948 Summer Olympics
Flag of India.svg
IOC codeIND
NOCIndian Olympic Association
Websiteolympic.ind.in
in London
Competitors79 (all men) in 10 sports
Medals
Ranked 22nd
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

India competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in Wembley Park, London, England. 79 competitors, all men, took part in 39 events in 10 sports.[1] It was the first time that India competed as an independent nation at the Olympic Games.

Indian Team in 1948
Indian Team in 1948

Medalists

Medals by sport
Sport 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
Field hockey 1 0 0 1
Total 1 0 0 1
Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Leslie Claudius
Keshav Dutt
Walter D'Souza
Lawrie Fernandes
Ranganathan Francis
Gerry Glackan
Akhtar Hussain
Patrick Jansen
Amir Kumar
Kishan Lal
Leo Pinto
Jaswant Singh Rajput
Latif-ur-Rehman
Reginald Rodrigues
Balbir Singh Sr.
Randhir Singh Gentle
Grahanandan Singh
K. D. Singh
Trilochan Singh
Maxie Vaz
Field hockey Men's Field hockey

Competitors

Note: All times mentioned on this page are in British Summer Time (BST). Indian Standard Time (IST) = BST + 4:30hrs.

Sport Men Women Events
Athletics 8 0 10
Boxing 7 0 7
Cycling 9 0 5
Field Hockey 20 0 1
Football 18 0 1
Swimming 7 0 5
Water polo 9 0 1
Weightlifting 2 0 2
Wrestling 6 0 6


Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Eric Prabhakar Men's 100 metres 11.0 2 11.26 6 Did not advance
Athlete Event Qualifying Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jim Vickers Men's 110 metres hurdles 14.7 1 15.09 4 Did not advance
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Time Rank Time Rank
Sadhu Singh Men's 10 kilometres walk -- -- Did not advance
Athlete Event Final
Time Rank
Sadhu Singh Men's 50 kilometres walk -- DNF
Athlete Event Final
Time Rank
Chhota Singh Men's marathon -- DNF
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Gurnam Singh Men's high jump 1.87 NP 1.80 18
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Baldev Singh Men's long jump 7.000 11 Did not advance
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Henry Rebello Men's triple jump 14.650 5 - NM
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Score Rank Score Rank
Nat Singh Somnath Men's hammer throw 41.36 23 Did not advance

Boxing

Main article: Boxing at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Rabin Bhatta Flyweight Bye  Frankie Sodano (USA)
L KO1
Did not advance
Babu Lall Bantamweight  Allan Monteiro (PAK)
W RSC1
 Juan Venegas (PUR)
L PTS
Did not advance
Benoy Bose Featherweight  Fransisco Núñez (ARG)
L PTS
Did not advance
Gene Raymond Lightweight  Svend Wad (DEN)
L PTS
Did not advance
Robert Cranston Welterweight  Aurelio Díaz (ESP)
L PTS
Did not advance
John Nuttall Middleweight Bye  Ivano Fontana (ITA)
L PTS
Did not advance
Mac Joachim Light heavyweight  Franciszek Szymura (POL)
L PTS
Did not advance

Cycling

Main article: Cycling at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Indian Cycle Team 1948 Olympics--Mistry, Amin, Noble, Saugar, Bhoot, Malcolm, Mehra, Mullaferoze, Sarkar, Pavri, Bysack, Havewala
Indian Cycle Team 1948 Olympics--Mistry, Amin, Noble, Saugar, Bhoot, Malcolm, Mehra, Mullaferoze, Sarkar, Pavri, Bysack, Havewala
India cyclists 1948-Havewala, Bhoot, Saugar, others
India cyclists 1948-Havewala, Bhoot, Saugar, others
India cyclists 1948- Bhoot, Saugar, Malcolm, Mehra, others
India cyclists 1948- Bhoot, Saugar, Malcolm, Mehra, others
India cyclists 1948
India cyclists 1948

Ten cyclists represented India in 1948

Individual road race
Team road race
Sprint
Time trial
Team pursuit


Also represented India: Netai Chand Bysack

Sohrab Bhoot and Nariman Saugar were administrators for the cycling team.

Field Hockey

Main article: Field hockey at the 1948 Summer Olympics

The Indian field hockey team defeated the British team to win the country's first gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics. It was the country's first Olympic gold medal since India became independent.

Squad

Leslie Claudius
Keshav Dutt
Walter D'Souza
Lawrie Fernandes
Ranganathan Francis
Gerry Glackan
Akhtar Hussain
Patrick Jansen
Amir Kumar
Kishan Lal (c)
Leo Pinto
Jaswant Singh Rajput
Latif-ur-Rehman
Reginald Rodrigues
Balbir Singh Sr.
Randhir Singh Gentle
Grahanandan Singh
K. D. Singh (vc)
Trilochan Singh
Maxie Vaz

Group A matches
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts India Argentina Austria Spain
1.  India (IND) 3 3 0 0 19 1 6 X 9:1 8:0 2:0
2.  Argentina (ARG) 3 1 1 1 5 12 3 1:9 X 1:1 3:2
3.  Austria (AUT) 3 0 2 1 2 10 2 0:8 1:1 X 1:1
4.  Spain (ESP) 3 0 1 2 3 6 1 0:2 2:3 1:1 X
Semi-finals
 India (IND) 2 – 1  Netherlands (NED)
Final
 India (IND) 4 – 0  Great Britain (GBR)

Football

Main article: Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Squad

Head coach: Balaidas Chatterjee

Pos. Player Date of Birth Age Caps Club Tournament
games
Tournament
goals
Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Cards
yellow/red
MF Talimeran Ao Jan 28, 1918 30 ? India Mohun Bagan A.C. 1 0 90 - - -
MF A. Sattar Basheer 1924 ? India Mysore 1 0 90 - - -
FW Robi Das ? India Bhawanipore Club 1 0 90 - - -
FW Ahmed Mohamed Khan Dec 24, 1926 21 ? India Mysore 1 0 90 - - -
DF Saliendra Manna Sep 1, 1924 23 ? India Mohun Bagan A.C. 1 0 90 - - -
FW Sahu Mewalal Jul 1, 1926 22 ? India Eastern Railway S.C. 1 0 90 - - -
DF Taj Mohammed 1924 ? India East Bengal 1 0 90 - - -
MF Mahabir Prasad 1918 ? India East Bengal 1 0 90 - - -
FW Balaram Parab Ramchandra 1925 ? India Bombay F.C. 1 0 90 - - -
FW Sarangapani Raman 1920 ? India Mysore 1 1 90 - - -
GK Kenchappa V. Varada Raj 1923 ? India Mysore 1 0 90 - - -
- Stand-by players -
FW K. P. Dhanraj ? India Mysore 0 0 0 - - -
MF S. M. Kaiser ? India East Bengal 0 0 0 - - -
MF Anil Nandy ? India Eastern Railway S.C. 0 0 0 - - -
FW Santosh Nandy 1932 ? India Eastern Railway S.C. 0 0 0 - - -
DF T. M. Varghese "Papen" ? India Bombay F.C. 0 0 0 - - -
GK Sanjeeva Uchil ? India ICL-Bengal Club, Bombay 0 0 0 - - -
MF B. N. Vajravelu ? India Mysore 0 0 0 - - -
First round
France 2–1 India
Courbin 30'
Persillon 89'
Report Raman 70'
Lynn Road Stadium, Ilford
Attendance: 17.000
Referee: Gunnar Dahlner (SWE)

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Sachin Nag Men's 100 m freestyle 1:03.8 34 Did not advance
Isaac Mansoor Men's 100 m freestyle 1:06.4 38 Did not advance
Dilip Mitra Men's 100 m freestyle 1:06.9 39 Did not advance
Bimal Chandra Men's 400 metre freestyle 5:38.6 ? Did not advance
Men's 1500 metre freestyle 22:52.9 ? Did not advance
Khamlillal Shah Men's 100 metre backstroke 1:19.9 ? Did not advance
Prahtip Mitra Men's 100 metre backstroke 1:24.5 ? Did not advance
Prafulla Mullick Men's 200 metre breaststroke 3:14.9 ? Did not advance

Water Polo

Main article: Water polo at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Indian water polo team ranked 9th in tournament.

Men's Team Competition

Squad

Gora Seal
Samarendra Chatterjee
Ajoy Chatterjee
Suhas Chatterjee
Dwarkadas Mukharji
Durga Das
Jamini Dass
Sachin Nag
Isaac Mansoor
Jahan Ahir

Round One
Group C matches
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Netherlands India Chile
1.  Netherlands (NED) 2 2 0 0 26 1 4 X 12:1 14:0
2.  India (IND) 2 1 0 1 8 16 2 1:12 X 7:4
3.  Chile (CHI) 2 0 0 2 4 21 0 0:14 4:7 X
Round Two
Group H
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts Netherlands Spain India
1.  Netherlands (NED) 2 2 0 0 17 3 4 X 5:2 12:1
2.  Spain (ESP) 2 1 0 1 13 6 2 2:5 X 11:1
3.  India (IND) 2 0 0 2 2 23 0 1:12 1:11 X

Weightlifting

Main article: Weightlifting at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Wrestling

Main article: Wrestling at the 1948 Summer Olympics

Key:

Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Round 1
Result
Round 2
Result
Round 3
Result
Round 4
Result
Round 5
Result
Rank
K. D. Jadhav −52 kg  B. Harris (AUS)
W Pt
 B. Jernigan (USA)
W Pt
 M. Raissi (IRN)
L VT
6
Nirmal Bose −57 kg  G. Leeman (USA)
L VT
S. Suryavanshi −62 kg  A. Parsons (GBR)
L Pd
 A. Muller (SUI)
L VT
Banta Singh −67 kg  M. Hassan (EGY)
L Pt
 C. Atik (TUR)
L VT
A. Bhargava −73 kg  Yaşar Doğu (TUR)
L VT
 E. Estrada Ojeda (MEX)
W Pd
 Dick Garrard (AUS)
L VT
K. Roy −79 kg  M. Vachon (CAN)
L VT
 R. Arthur (AUS)
L VT

See also

References

  1. ^ "India at the 1948 London Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.