Milkha Singh was without doubt one of India’s greatest track and field sprinters who has brought several laurels for India on numerous occasions.
Milkha Singh, who is popularly known as ‘The Flying Sikh’, dies on Friday (June 19). He was 91. Milkha Singh was without doubt one of India’s greatest track and field sprinters who has brought several laurels for India on numerous occasions. Milkha Singh’s journey was full of hardships and it is no less than a heroic tale.
Milkha Singh was born in 1929 and he was orphaned during the partition. Milkha Singh faced huge tragedy at a young age as his parents, two sisters and a brother were killed during the partition.
After coming to India as a result of partition, Milkha Singh joined the Indian Army and his life changed forever after this.
Career Milestones of ‘The Flying Sikh’
1958 Asian Games – Milkha Singh represented India in 1958 Tokyo Asian Games where he competed in the 200 meters and 400 meters track race. Milkha Singh won gold in the events and set new records.
1958 Commonwealth Games – Milkha Singh participated in the 400 meters and set a new record by completing the race in 46.6 seconds. Milkha Singh also became the first Indian sportsperson to win a gold medal from the country in Commonwealth Games.
‘The Flying Sikh’ – In 1960, Milkha Singh defeated Pakistan’s Abdul Khaliq and was given the name ‘The Flying Sikh’ by then General Ayub Khan. Milkha completed the race in just 45.8 seconds.
1962 Asian Games – Milkha performed superbly in 1962 Jakarta Asian Games and the ‘The Flying Sikh’ won the gold in the 400 meters and 4 x 400 relay as well.
Milkha Singh retired in 1964 but he had participated in the National Games and won a few gold and silver medals before 1964. Milkha Singh was awarded the Padma Shri Award in 1959 for his superlative achievements,