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This athlete is the youngest Indian to win a gold at Olympics

He started with playing state and went on to be a part of the Indian national team that represented India at Olympics in Helsinki in 1952

This athlete is the youngest Indian to win a gold at Olympics
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The Bridge Desk

Published: 20 March 2020 9:04 AM GMT

There are a lot of young athletes who might be prepping up for the Olympics this year (that is if the games happens) so it might be interesting to know who is India's youngest ever gold medallist.

A hockey player from Bengaluru, Karnataka owns this special distinction.

Chinnadorai Desamuthu is a former Indian hockey player. He was popular for his charisma and dare devil attitude in the goal post.

Like other hockey players of his era he too started by first playing at state level and then went on to be a part of the Indian national team that represented India at Olympics in Helsinki in 1952.

The team won the gold medal at the Helsinki games and thus he became the youngest Indian to win gold at the Olympics when he was just 19 year and 272 days old.

Desamuthu was born in Bengaluru. He started working in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and from their started playing hockey. At the Helsinki Olympics, India played three matches.

In their opener against Australia, the team emerged victorious 4-0. In the second match against Great Britain India won 3-1. In the finals against Netherlands, India scored a stunning 6 goals of which 5 were put across the post by Balbir Singh Sr.

For upcoming Olympics in Tokyo India have young talents like Saurabh Chaudhary, Jeremy and Manu Bhaker to look forward to for medals. They could snatch the title from Desamuthu.

If they do he wouldn't mind that much, right?

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