1964 Olympics: India take revenge, beat Pak in final

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Bangalore, Jul 17: Here is a look at the previous Olympic hockey tournaments. After losing the crown to arch-rivals Pakistan in the 1960 Games, India came back to reclaim its lost glory at the 1964 Tokyo Games. The Indian side was led by star midfielder Charanjit Singh.

1964 Tokyo Olympics
Fifteen teams were divided into two groups with seven and eight teams, respectively. Group A saw Pakistan, Japan, Kenya, Rhodesia, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand while Group B featured India, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Belgium, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.

India beat Pakistan 1-0 in the final to bag the gold while Australia beat Spain 3-2 to win bronze.

Results for India:
India drew Spain 1-1, Germany 1-1, beat the Netherlands 2-1, Malaysia 3-1, Belgium 2-0, Canada 3-0 and Hong Kong 6-0 in the group matches, beat Australia 3-1 in the semifinal and Pakistan 1-0 in the final.

Some facts from the 1964 Olympics:
1. Mohinder Lal had scored the winner against Pakistan from a penalty stroke.
2. India was under immense pressure to win the gold that year, particularly the losses to Pakistan in the 1960 Olympics final and also in the 1962 Asiad made many apprehensive that the side might have lost its supremacy to the post-Independence neighbours.

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