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Facts and Figures: London 2012 Olympic Games hockey

LONDON, 23 July – Facts and figures for hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • 1,600,000 – pieces of scaffolding used to construct the Riverbank Arena.
  • 20,240 – litres of water (20.24m³) used in 11 minutes of pitch watering.
  • 16,000 – seating capacity at the Riverbank Arena.
  • 10,944 – 500ml water bottles provided for the teams during competition.
  • 737 – grams, the maximum weight permitted for a hockey stick.
  • 384 – players in the men’s and women’s competitions.
  • 145 – number of minutes it took Netherlands to beat Spain for fifth place at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games. Netherlands won 1-0 after various periods of extra-time.
  • 70 – minutes (2 x 35) in a standard hockey match.
  • 41 – years old, the age of Akemi KATO (JPN) – Olympic hockey’s oldest ever player.
  • 24 – goals scored by India against the USA at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. The 24-1 match score is Olympic hockey’s biggest victory.
  • 22 – editions of men’s hockey (including London 2012) at the Olympic Games.
  • 19 – Olympic appearances by India’s men’s team. No other team has played more Olympic hockey.
  • 17 – balls used per match.
  • 10 – consecutive Olympic Games between 1928 and 1972 when India won a medal.
  • 9 – editions of women’s hockey (including London 2012) at the Olympic Games.
  • 8 – seconds that a player has to score a goal in a shoot-out competition.
  • 7 – officials per match: 2 match umpires, 2 judges, technical officer, reserve umpire and video umpire.
  • 6 – Olympic finals will be repeated in London 2012 pool matches.
  • 5 – members of Germany’s KELLER family with an Olympic hockey medal – Erwin (silver, Berlin 1936); Carsten (gold, Munich 1972); Andreas (gold, Barcelona 1992); Natascha (gold, Athens 2004) and Florian (gold, Beijing 2008).
  • 4 – Olympic hockey medals won by India players Leslie CLAUDIUS and Udham SINGH. Teun DE NOOIJER (NED) and Luciana AYMAR (ARG) can equal the record with a fourth Olympic medal at London 2012. AYMAR would become the first woman to achieve the feat.
  • 3 – players making a record-equalling fifth Olympic appearance: Pablo ‘Pol’ AMAT (ESP) and Teun DE NOOIJER (NED) in the men’s tournament, and Natascha KELLER (GER) in the women’s.
  • 2 – times South Africa’s men’s and women’s teams qualified for London 2012. The teams originally earned their spots as Africa Cup champions, but were forced to qualify again through the FIH’s official qualifying tournaments after the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee insisted on additional qualifying criteria.
  • 1 – Olympic debutant at London 2012: Belgium’s women’s team.

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