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Asian Games : Manila 1954

Violet Peters

Violet Peters

            The Indian athletes disappointed a bit but they still managed to    win most medals than in any other sports, for India in the Manila Asian Games. For the first time women athletes cruised to the top of the victory podium, winning 4×100 relay gold. The quartet comprised Violet Peters, Christine Brown, Stephie D’Souza and Mary D’Souza. Sarwan Singh won 110m hurdles gold with a new record of 14.7s. The stoutly built Sikh thrower Parduman Singh chalked out a fantastic golden double winning shot put and discus throw events, both with new Asian records. Ajit Singh also bettered the Asian record in high jump.

The Medallists

S No Athlete Event
Gold (5)
1 Sarwan Singh 110m hurdles
2 Ajit Singh High jump
3 Parduman Singh Shot put
4 Parduman Singh Discus throw
5 Women Relay Team 4x100m relay (wm)
Silver (3)
1 Joginder Singh 400m
2 Sohan Singh  800m
3 Relay Team 4x400m relay
Bronze (6)
1 M Gabriel 100m
2 Dalu Ram 3000m steeplechase
3 Dalu Ram 5000m
4 Ishar Singh Shot put
5 R O’Brien  Decathlon
6 C Brown   100m (wm)

The Squad

Men : M Gabriel (100m, 200m – 4th, & 4x100m), Balwant Singh (100m & 4x100m), Joginder Singh (400m), Ivan Jacob (400m – 4th), JB Joseph (400m – 6th), Sohan Singh (800m), Babu Singh (800m – 6th), Karnail Singh (1500m – 4th), Dalu Ram (5000m and 3000m steeplechase), Sarwan Singh (110m hurdles), Jagdev Singh,  Jagraj Singh (both 400m hurdles), Ajit Singh (high jump), Sukhdarshan Singh (triple jump – 5th), Ronnie O’ Brien (decathlon), Ghosh and Ram Sarup (both 4x400m – 4th).

Women : Christine Brown (100m, 200m & 4x100m), Ann Catchhatoor (100m -5th), Stephie D’Souza (200m – 4th, 4x100m), Mary D’Souza (long jump & 4x100m), Violet Peters (4x100m).


… Arun Arnaw Khare


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