The Greatest Field Hockey Player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest field hockey player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female field hockey player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance.olympic poster

The best all-time performing field hockey players at the Olympic Games is the male Indian players Leslie Claudius and Udham Singh with four medals each (3 gold, 1 silver). They played in the same teams between 1948–1960. The highest ranked female is Australian player Rechelle Hawkes with 3 gold medals. See the table below to see how other players ranked.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Hockey Players

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Field Hockey for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Field Hockey at the Olympic Games

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
=1 Leslie Claudius India M 3 1 0 4 20
=1 Udham Singh India M 3 1 0 4 20
=3 Dhyan Chand India M 3 0 0 3 18
=3 Ranganathan Francis India M 3 0 0 3 18
=3 Randhir Singh Gentle India M 3 0 0 3 18
=3 Rechelle Hawkes Australia F 3 0 0 3 18
=3 Balbir Singh Sr. India M 3 0 0 3 18

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2016). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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