India will will miss you Milkha Singh!
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Today we were about to write something more on Cricket but suddenly the thought spun into my mind that how can I dedicate something to the person of was great and helped in reached great heights in the Sports Arena. So today we have some special collection for all of our readers, we will list up some achievements by the greatest ever sportsman of India, “The Flying Sikh” or we say “Milkha Singh”.
Milkha Singh is also known as the flying sikh was a sprinter in the track and field events. He was introduced with the sports when he was in the Indian Army. He was promoted to the honorary rank of the captain in the army. He was born on 20 November 1929 in Govindpura, district in Punjab under British rule.
In 1958 , he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal in the Commonwealth games which were held in Wales. This record was unbroken for the next five decades.
The legendary athlete ,Milkha Singh died on 18 June 2021 while suffering from covid 19 complications. He almost ruled the athletic world for years and brought laurels to India. With so many achievements he was regarded as the ‘flying sikh’. During the Rome Olympic in 1960, he came very close to the podium finish and unfortunately he did not win. Milkha Singh came fourth in the quadrennial event. Despite coming fourth , he broke the existing world record in that quadrennial event. All the four athletes crossed that mark.
Milkha Singh started liking the track and field event when he was serving the Indian Army. In 1956 ,he first appeared for the Olympic Games in Australia but he did not do well in that Olympics. But 4 years later, ‘flying sikh’ made his second appearance in 1960 ,Rome Olympics he made his mark. People came to know about Milkha Singh and applauded him for his success.
Tokyo Olympic was Milkha Singh’s third and the last Olympics which was held in Tokyo, Japan. Milkha Singh only participated in 4×400 rely race. Unfortunately, his team was eliminated from the heat stages.
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The world first took note of Milkha Singh in 1958, Tokyo Asian games. ‘The flying Sikh’ won two gold medals in 200 m and 400m event. In the next Asian games which was held in Jakarta in 1962, Milkha Singh won a gold in 400m rely race with his teammates Daljit Singh, Jagdish Singh and Makhan Singh. He also won a gold medal in 200m race.
Milkha Singh or ‘the Flying Sikh’ was awarded with the fourth highest civilian award, ” Padma Shri” , for his excellent service in the field of sports.
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