India at the
1956 Summer Olympics
Flag of India.svg
IOC codeIND
NOCIndian Olympic Association
Websiteolympic.ind.in
in Melbourne/Stockholm
Competitors59 (58 men, 1 woman) in 8 sports
Flag bearerBalbir Singh Sr.
Medals
Ranked 24th
Gold
1
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

India competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 59 competitors, 58 men and 1 woman, took part in 32 events in 8 sports.[1][2][3]

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
Ranganathan Francis
Haripal Kaushik
Amir Kumar
Raghbir Lal
Shankar Lakshman
Govind Perumal
Amit Singh Bakshi
Raghbir Singh Bhola
Balbir Singh Dosanjh
Hardyal Singh Garchey
Randhir Singh Gentle
Balkishan Singh Grewal
Gurdev Singh Kullar
Udham Singh Kullar
Bakshish Singh
Charles Stephen
Field hockey Men's Field hockey

Athletics

Main article: Athletics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Men's High Jump

  • Qualification Round — 1.96m (14)

Men's 200 metres

  • Heat — 22.47 (→ did not advance)

Men's 800 metres

  • Heat — 1.52.4(→ did not advance)

Women's 100 metres

  • Heat — DNF(→ did not advance)

Football

Main article: Association football at the 1956 Summer Olympics

First round
India w/o 1 Hungary

Quarterfinals
Australia 2–4 India
Morrow 17' 41' Report D'Souza 9' 33' 50'
Kittu 80'
Melbourne
Referee: C.H. Wensveen (IDN)

Semifinals
Yugoslavia 4–1 India
Papec 54' 65'
Veselinović 57'
Salam 78' (o.g.)
Report D'Souza 52'
Melbourne
Attendance: 16.626
Referee: Latyshev (USSR)

Bronze Medal match
Bulgaria 3–0 India
Diev 37' 60'
Milanov 42'
Report
Melbourne
Attendance: 21.236
Referee: Latyshev (USSR)

Gymnastics

Main article: Gymnastics at the 1956 Summer Olympics

waryam singh represent India with Gold medal

Hockey

Main article: Field hockey at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Squad

Leslie Claudius
Ranganathan Francis
Haripal Kaushik
Amir Kumar
Raghbir Lal
Shankar Lakshman
O. P. Malhotra
Govind Perumal
Amit Singh Bakshi
Raghbir Singh Bhola
Balbir Singh Dosanjh
Hardyal Singh Garchey
Randhir Singh Gentle
Balkishan Singh Grewal
Gurdev Singh Kullar
Udham Singh Kullar
Bakshish Singh
Charles Stephen

Group standings
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts India United Kingdom Afghanistan United States
1.  India 3 3 0 0 36 0 6 X 6:0 14:0 16:0
2.  Singapore 3 2 0 1 11 7 4 0:6 X 5:0 6:1
3.  Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 5 20 2 0:14 0:5 X 5:1
4.  United States 3 0 0 3 2 27 0 0:16 1:6 1:5 X
Semi-finals
3 December 1956
India  1–0  United Team of Germany
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Gold medal match
6 December 1956
India  1–0  Pakistan
Gentle field hockey ball 38' Report
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Shooting

Main article: Shooting at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Two shooters represented India in 1956.

50 m rifle, three positions

Swimming

Main article: Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Men's 100 m Freestyle

  • Heat — 1:01.6

Men's 200 metre butterfly

  • Heat — 3:06.3

Weightlifting

Main article: Weightlifting at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Wrestling

Main article: Wrestling at the 1956 Summer Olympics

Key:

Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Round 1
Result
Round 2
Result
Round 3
Result
Round 4
Result
Round 5
Result
Round 6
Result
Rank
Baban Daware −52 kg  Asai (JPN)
L VT
 Lee J-g (KOR)
W Pt
 Tsalkalamanidze (URS)
L VT
Did not Advance
Tarashkeswar Pandey −57 kg  Kämmerer (EUA)
L Pt
 Vercouteren (BEL)
W Pt
 Yaghoubi (IRN)
L VT
Did not Advance
Ram Sarup −62 kg  Mewis (BEL)
L Pt
Bye  Salimullin (URS)
L Pt
Did not Advance
Lakhshmi Kant Pandey −67 kg  Nizzola (ITA)
L VT
 Güngör (TUR)
L Pt
Did not Advance
Devi Singh −73 kg  Sorouri (IRN)
L VT
 Ikeda (JPN)
L VT
Did not Advance
B. Singh −79 kg  Davies (AUS)
W Pt
 van Zyl (RSA)
L Pt
 Lindblad (SWE)
L VT
Did not Advance
Lila Ram +87 kg  Richmond (GBR)
L Pt
 Kaplan (TUR)
L VT
Did not Advance

References

  1. ^ "India at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 22 September 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ "India vs Pakistan for Olympics gold medal final". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  3. ^ "India pips Pakistan to win Olympic gold". Retrieved 1 May 2022.