Milkha Singh bagged two gold medals on the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo.© AFP
Milkha Singh, legendary India sprinter, died aged 91 due to “post Covid complications” on Friday. Milkha Singh dominated the monitor and discipline for years and introduced many laurels to the nation. Thanks to his achievements, Milkha Singh was nicknamed because the ‘Flying Sikh’. The Indian sprinter got here inside touching distance of a podium end on the 1960 Olympics in Rome as he completed fourth within the 400m race on the quadrennial occasion. Despite ending fourth, Milkha Singh additionally broke the present world file for the occasion, as all the highest 4 runners breached that mark.
Born on November 20, 1929, Milkha Singh developed a liking in the direction of the monitor and discipline when he was serving within the Indian Army. He received India’s first particular person gold medal on the Commonwealth Games again in 1958 in Wales, a file that stayed with him for over 5 a long time.
Milkha Singh began his Olympic journey on the 1956 Olympics in Australia however it was his second look on the Games in Rome the place the world took be aware of him and applauded the Indian sprinter.
In his third and remaining Olympic in Tokyo, Milkha Singh solely participated within the 4x400m relay race during which he and his teammates have been eradicated through the warmth levels.
The sports activities fraternity took discover of Milkha Singh after the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan the place he bagged two gold medals in 200m and 400m races.
In the very subsequent Asian Games in Jakarta in 1962, Milkha Singh received the 400m race and in addition bagged gold medal in 4x400m relay race with Daljit Singh, Jagdish Singh and Makhan Singh.
In 1959, Milkha Singh was awarded with the fourth-highest civilian award within the nation — Padma Shri — for his achievements on the earth of sports activities.
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