Shankar Lakshman

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Olympic medal record
Representing  India
Men's field hockey
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Team Competition
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Team Competition

Shankar Lakshman (7 July 1933 – 29 April 2006) was an Indian hockey player. He was goalkeeper of the Indian team in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, that won two gold medals and one silver medal. He was the first goalkeeper to become captain of an international hockey team and was awarded the Arjuna award and the Padmasri by the Indian government.[1] He was captain of the Indian team which won the gold in the 1966 Asian Games. After missing the selection for the 1968 Olympics, Laxman quit hockey. He remained with the Army, retiring in 1979 as a captain of the Maratha Light Infantry.He died in 2006 after suffering gangrene in one leg in Mhow.


  1. ^ Pandya, Haresh (2006-07-29). "Shankar LaxmanIndian hockey captain and goalkeeper, who won two Olympic gold medals". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 

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