India is only really good at one Olympic event, field hockey, but its domination of this sport is impressive. Nine titles in all, and seven consecutive from 1924 to 1956. Before its first Olympic defeat at the Rome games in 1960, India had won 30 consecutive matches and scored nearly 200 goals. The leading players, depending on the period, were Richard Allen, triple Olympic champion from 1928 to 1936, or Leslie Claudius and Rhandin Gentle, triple champion from 1948 to 1956. They are very technical players who have learnt to play field hockey in bare feet on village squares using sticks shaped from pieces of wood. Indians are to field hockey what the Brazilians are to football. Since the arrival of synthetic grass, India has been replaced by European countries, who play more physical and faster hockey.