Olympic Competitor nr 18
Olympic Competitor nr 1100
Olympic Competitor nr 5095
B. 1923, India
Hockey (3 gold)
An outstanding full-back for India, Independent SC (Delhi). He was also a
remarkable scorer of penalties. At Melbourne, he deputised as captain in
the absense of Balbir Singh, and he scored six
goals including the decisive goal in the final against Pakistan.
In his autobiography, Balbir describes Gentle as "one who towered above the rest with his hard and yet clean tackling".
On retiring he proved an outstanding coach and prepared national teams in India, Malaya and Spain. He also became an international umpire.
Written 2001-02-04 - last modified 2011-08-27
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