Keshav Datt, an Olympic gold medalist in hockey, has died

Keshav Datt, an Olympic gold medalist in hockey

Keshav Datt, an Olympic gold medalist in hockey

On Saturday, Keshav Datt died as a result of age-related problems marking the end of a glorious sporting period, the two-time Olympic Gold medal-winning Hockey great. 

Datt died at the age of 95 and is accompanied by his wife, two sons, and a daughter, all of whom live in other countries. The former center halfback died in his home in Santoshpur, Kolkata, about 12.30 a.m., where he was living alone.

Keshav Datt, who was born on December 29, 1925, in Lahore and moved to Kolkata after the partition, was a member of India's golden age in hockey.

He was a powerful half-back who was one of India's historic accomplishments at the 1948 Olympics when the nation defeated host team Britain 4-0 at Wembley Stadium in London to earn the country's first gold medal since freedom.

Keshav Datt traveled East Africa in 1947 under the supervision of the legendary Major Dhyan Chand, prior to the 1948 Olympics.

Datt was also a member of the Indian team at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics when they won the gold medal for the 5th time in a row after defeating the Netherlands 6-1 in the final.

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