Independent India’s first individual sports star, the late great Milkha Singh dominated Indian track and field for over a decade with his speed and spirit, creating multiple records and winning numerous medals in his career.
Representing India at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Milkha Singh remains one of India’s greatest athletes.
Born on 20 November 1929 into a Sikh family in Govindpura, which is now a part of Pakistan, Milkha Singh was introduced to the sport only after he had fled to India post the partition and joined the Indian Army.
It was there that he sharpened his running skills. After he finished sixth in a cross-country race that had around 400 more soldiers running, he was handpicked for further training. That laid the foundation for what would be an impressive career.
His first Olympic Games came at Melbourne 1956, where an inexperienced Milkha Singh didn’t progress beyond the heat stages in either the 200m or 400m, but a meeting with champion Charles Jenkins proved to be the source of much inspiration.
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