Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter. The "Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh was born in Faisalabad, Pakistan on 8 October 1935. He is the only male athlete of India to win individual athletics Gold in the Commonwealth Games. Milkha Singh was also awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 1959 for his achievements in Sports.

Personal Life

Milkha Singh is married to Nirmal Kaur. She was the former captain of the Indian Women Volleyball team. He has a son, Jeev Milkha Singh, who has gone on to become a top-ranking international Professional golfer.

Career

Milkha Singh tried to enroll in the army, but was rejected thrice. He was finally able to join in the army's electrical mechanical engineering branch in 1952. Once in the armed forces, his coach Havildar Gurdev Singh inspired him. He sweated it out everyday and worked very hard on his practice. He came into the limelight during the National Games at Patiala in 1956. In 1958, he broke the 200 metres and 400 meters records in the National Games at Cuttack.

His greatest and probably the saddest moment came when he finished fourth in a photo finish at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He also represented the country in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He held the Olympic 400 m record in the 1960 Rome Olympics, besides winning the Gold medal in the 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games in 1958 ( in the 200m & 400 m categories ) and the Asian Games in 1962 (in 200 metres).

It was a race in Pakistan in 1962, where he defeated Abdul Khaliq, the winner of the 100 metres gold at the Tokyo Asian Games, where he was christened the 'The Flying Sikh" by the Pakistani President Ayub Khan.

In Recent Media

Milkha Singh's life story will be portrayed in a biographical film, "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", which will be directed by Rakeysh Mehra and will star Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor. When asked Milkha Singh why he allowed a film to be made on his life, he said that the film should be an inspiration to the youngsters and he himself would watch the film and see his life's events have been depicted correctly or not. He wants youngsters to watch this movie and join athletics, making India proud by winning medals at the world level.

Last Updated on : February 3, 2014