The Flying Sikh of India, ‘Milkha Singh’

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The Flying sikh of India , Milkha Singh was born on 29th Nov 1929 in Govindpura, Punjab, British India.

He was one the fastest sprinter and track runner of Indian Army and was introduced to this game while serving for Indian Army.

His family was sikh Rajput Family and both his parents and some family members got killed during Partition of India and Pakistan.

Lets know some facts about this veteran Athlete…

Facts

  1. He got selected in Army after 3 unsuccessful attempts.
  2. His awards include
    1. 1st Gold medal in 1958 Asian Games – 200 m
    2. 1st Gold medal in 1958 Asian Games – 400 m
    3. 1st Gold medal in 1958 Commonwealth Games – 440 yards
    4. Padma Shri Award – 1959
    5. 1st Gold medal in 1962 Asian Games – 400 m
    6. 1st Gold medal in 1962 Asian Games – 4 x 400 m relay
    7. 2nd Silver medal in 1964 Calcutta National Games – 400 m
  3. Milkha adopted the 7-year-old son of Martyr Bikram Singh (Kargil War Soldier) in the year 1999.
  4. He once placed 6th in a cross country race with 500 participants and that was his first competitive event.
  5. Pakistan president Ayub Khan named him ‘The Flying Sikh’ after he defeated Abdul Khaliq, in a 100 m race in the year 1962.
  6. Milkha Singh married Nirmal Saini, former captain of Indian Women’s Volleyball Team Captain.
  7. Jeev Singh milkha , a professional golfer is the son of Milkha Singh and Nirmal Kaur.
  8. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag , directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and released on 11 July 2013 is the life story of Milkha Singh.

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