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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, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.olympic poster

The four 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), a tally matched by the Netherlands female players Lidewij Welten and Eva de Goede. See the table below to see how other players ranked.

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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 (including 2021)

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
=1 Lidewij Welten The Netherlands F 3 1 0 4 20
=1 Eva de Goede The Netherlands F 3 1 0 4 20
=5 Rechelle Hawkes Australia F 3 0 0 3 18
=5 Richard Allen India M 3 0 0 3 18
=5 Dhyan Chand India M 3 0 0 3 18
=5 Ranganathan Francis India M 3 0 0 3 18
=5 Balbir Singh, Sr. India M 3 0 0 3 18
=5 Randhir Singh Gentle 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 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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