Keshav Datt
Keshav Datt
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Kolkata: The only living legend among the Olympic gold-winning team, Keshav Chandra Datt breathed his last on Tuesday night, in his home town Santoshpur.

He was 95 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, all of whom are settled abroad.

Keshav Datt died on Wednesday due to age-related ailments, marking the end of a glorious era in the sport.

Datt donned the Indian colours in the 1948 London Olympics and later at the Helsinki Games. On both the ocassions India won gold medal beating Britain 4-0 at the Wembley Stadium in 1948 and Helsinki where India overcame The Netherlands 6-1, respectively, to complete the fourth and fifth times on the trot with the gold medal.

Before the 1948 Olympics, Datt toured East Africa under the leadership of the iconic Major Dhyan Chand in 1947.

An integral part of the Indian team, Datt also captained the Mohun Bagan hockey squad from 1951-1953 and again between 1957 and 1958.

Born on December 29, 1925 in Lahore, Datt was a part of India's golden era in hockey after making Kolkata his home following the partition.

As a Mohun Bagan player he won the hockey league six times and Beighton Cup three times in a span of 10 years.

He was conferred with the Mohun Bagan Ratna award in 2019, becoming the first non-footballer recipient of the honour.

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