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Leslie Claudius: Born, Died, Height, Place of Burial

Leslie Claudius
Written by Jon Snow

Bio/Wiki

Full Name Leslie Walter Claudius
Nickname (s) Bamboo-legged Boy
Profession (s) Former Indian Field Hockey Player

Physical Stats and More

Height (approx.) in centimeters: 163 cm
in meters: 1.63 m
in feet inches: 5 ft. 4 in.
Weight (approx.) in kilogram: 65 kg
in pounds: 143.3 lbs.
Eye color Brown
Body Type White

Personal Information

Date Of Birth 1927, March 25
Zodiac Sign Aries
Date of death 2012, December 20
Place Of Birth Bilaspur, British India
Nationality Anglo-Indian
Complexion White
Ethnicity Indian
Sexual Orientation Straight

Family Information

Children  4
Wife Villa Claudius

Education Qualifications

High School South Eastern Railway (Now SECR) English Medium School Bilaspur

Career

Position Halfback
Sports Career Indian National Hockey Team

Bengal Nagpur Railway

Olympic Appearance In the years 1948 (London), 1952 (Helsinky), 1956 (Melbourne), 1960 (Rome)
Olympic Event Men’s Field Hockey
Olympic Medals Gold in 1948 (London), Gold in 1952 (Helsinky), Gold in 1956 (Melbourne), Silver in 1960 (Rome)
Asian Games 1958, in Tokyo
Asian Games Medals Silver in 1958, in Tokyo
Awards and Honours The Padma Shri award in the year 1973

Mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records along with Udham Singh for earning the most number of Olympic Medals in the field of hockey.

The Bharat Gaurav Award by the East Club was presented to him in the year 2011, by the hands of the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Bannerjee.

The Bushey Tube Station was renamed in the year 2012 after him in the special ‘Olympics Legend Map’

Received the Banga Bhushan Award in the Year 2012.

Lesser Known Facts about Leslie Claudius

  • Leslie Claudius was an Indian Field Hockey player that had played in four Olympic Games earning medals in each of them. He was born in the city if Bilaspur, which is now in Chhattisgarh. His education was carried out in the South Eastern Railway (Now SECR) English Medium School Bilaspur. The school is also known for producing many national sportsmen for the country.
  • Leslie Claudius, along with Udham Singh, has the distinction of being the only two Indian players who have won four Olympic medals in the game of field hockey. Leslie had won three gold medals in the years 1948, 1952 and 1956. Later, in the Olympic games of 1960 where he was also the captain of the team, he added to his collection a silver medal.
  • Leslie Claudius was also the first player ever to have earned 100 caps. Apart from being an important part of the Olympics team of India, he had also competed for India on their tour to European in the year 1949, a tour of Malaysia in the year 1952 and the tour to Australia and New Zealand in the year 1955. Claudius had also competed in the Asian Games held in Tokyo in the Year1958 where he had added to his collection of medals another silver one.
  • The Olympics Games of 1960 held in Rome was the final team of ever seeing his name in the Olympics Team. He had then chosen to play in the domestic matches.
  • It was after the season of the year 1965 that Leslie Claudius announces his retirement.
  • It was in the year 1971 that Leslie Claudius became the sixth Indian Hockey player to receive one of the most prestigious civil awards awarded by the Indian Government, the Padma Shri Award.
  • At the beginning of his career, Leslie Claudius had shown immense interest in football and had also established himself as an accomplished player when he got a chance to play for the team named Bengal and Nagpur Railway.
  • It was Dickie Carr, one of the members of the Indian team who had also won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympic Games that had first recognized Leslie Claudius’s talent in the game of field hockey.

Leslie Claudius

  • When Claudius was taken into the Bengal and Nagpur Railway hockey team, Carr was still a part of that team. It was only when that team had finished second in the Beighton Cup, Claudius had taken the decision to quit football and build his career in the game of field hockey.
  • Leslie Claudius was also the first hockey player to have competed in four Olympic Games. Apart from this, he is also the first one to earn a hundred international caps.
  • Leslie was made the captain of the Indian Hockey team in the year 1959 and with the help of Dhyan Chand had led the team to finish in the second position and earn a silver medal in the Olympic Games of 1960 held in Rome.
  • In the year of 1978, Leslie Claudius was appointed as the manager of the Indian Team for the Asian Games that were held in Bangkok.
  • One of Claudius’s sons, names Robert was also another Hockey Player. He was an international Indian and represented his country at the Hockey World cup held in the year 1978.
  • Leslie faced his death after a very prolonged battle against the dangerous cirrhosis of the liver.
  • On the date of 20th of December, in the year 2012, Leslie Claudius lost the battle against the dangerous disease and lost his life, leaving behind his three sons and his wife.
  • He is buried in the city of Kolkata, in the Lower Circular Road Cemetery.

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