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10 Oct: 84th Birth Anniversary of Balbir Singh Sr (10/9/2008)
--Subhash Joshi
INCOMPARABLE CAREER STATISTICS OF BALBIR SING Sr. WHO TURNS 84 ON FRIDAY, THE 10TH OCTOBER,2008

Captained
-1945 Intervarsity Champions Punjab University
-1947-61 Renowned Hockey Team Punjab Police
-1949 National Champions Punjab State

Triple Gold Olympian
-1948 - London Olympic Games Gold Medal
-1952 - Helsinki Olympic Games Gold Medal
-1956 - Melbourne Olympic Games - Captain Gold Medal

The only other player in the world who was Triple Gold Olympian and victorious Olympic captain was his role model Dhyan Chand: Amsterdam 1928, Los Angeles-1032, Berlin-1936

- 1948 - London Olympics - Played two matches and scored 8 0f the 13 goals, including the first 2 in the final
- 1952 – Helsinki Olympics - Played three matches and scored 9 of the 13 goals, including all 3 in the semifinal and 5 of the 6 in the final (Eight of the nine goals in semifinal and final is a record to date)
-1954 - Singapore and Malaysia tour - Scored 83 of the 121 goals in 16 matches - Captain
-1955 - New Zealand and Australia tour - Scored 141 of the 203 goals in 37 matches

undefined Chief Coach/Manager of the following medal winners
-1961 - Ahmedabad International - Gold Medal
-1970 - Bangkok Asian Games - Silver Medal
-1971 - Barcelona World Cup - Bronze Medal
-1975 - Kuala Lumpur World Cup - Gold Medal
-1982 - Amsterdam Champions Trophy - Bronze Medal
-1982 - New Delhi Asian Games - Silver Medal
-1982 - Melbourne Esanda Cup - Silver Medal

General
-1952 - Helsinki - Flag bearer - Indian Olympic Contingent
-1956 - Melbourne - Flag bearer - Indian Olympic Contingent
-1957 - New Delhi - Recipient - Padma Shri award
-1977 - Chandigarh - Publication - The Golden Hat Trick - autobiography
-1982 - New Delhi - Indian Sportsman of the century - Opinion poll
-1982 - New Delhi - Lit the sacred flame - Opening Ceremony Asian Games
-1982 - Chandigarh - Retired as Director & Head of Sports Department Punjab
-2008- New Delhi - Publication - The Golden Yardstick, a quest for excellence. Released by the Prime Minister of India

E-mail: balbirsenior@hotmail.com

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A Stat from Mr. George Brink
by Editor Arumugam on 10/10/2008 2:56:47 PM
fieldhockey.com editor George Brink gives the following piece of statistics: 'Rechelle Hawkes of Australia (Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000) also shares this accolade'. Thanks George.
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Happy Rerurns of the day Mr. Balbir
by Editor Arumugam on 10/9/2008 11:14:06 PM
Dear Balbir Sir, please accept my and team in the website's greetings on the occasion of your birthday.
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