Milkha Singh, The Flying Sikh, passes away 5 days after the death of his wife

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Milkha Singh death news – Milkha Singh facts career biography – Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh died on the night of 18 June in a Chandigarh hospital reportedly due to Covid-19 related complications. He had tested positive for Covid-19 and was hospitalized on 3 June. He tested negative for Covid-19 on June 13. However, due to post covid complications, he was shifted to ICU where he was fighting for his life, which he lost on the night of 18 June 2021. His wife, Nirmal Kaur had passed away just five days back reportedly due to covid related complications.Milkha Singh facts career biography

Milkha Singh facts career biography

Milkha Singh a former Indian track and field sprinter was highly honored for his sports achievements. The title of ‘The Flying Sikh’ was bequeathed to him by General Ayub Khan, the former President of Pakistan. He was the first Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games. He also brought several gold medals to his motherland in various prestigious events like Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Let’s find out more about him.

Milkha Singh facts career biography

  • Milkha Singh was born on 20 November 1929 into a Sikh Rathore Rajput family in Punjab in undivided India. He was one of the 15 siblings. He witnessed the war of Independence and lost his parents and several siblings during the war. His dying father asked him to run for his life.
  • In 1951, Milkha Singh joined the Indian Army and was posted at the Electrical Mechanical Engineering Centre in Secunderabad. He was introduced to athletics in the army. After he finished sixth in a new recruits compulsory cross-country run, he was selected for special training in athletics.
  • He won gold in Asian Games four times.
  • Milkha Singh represented India in two Olympics – 1956 and 1964.
  • In 1956, Milkha Singh was selected to represent India in the 200 meters and 400 meters races in Melbourne Olympic Games but could not progress much for being inexperienced.

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Milkha Singh facts career biography

  • The year 1958 brought a feather to his cap. He laid national records for the 200m and 400m races at the National Games of India in Cuttack. He was also declared as the first Indian to win a gold medal in the 400m race at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff held in the same year.
  • He missed the bronze medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics by a mere 1/100th of a second.
    Singh won 2 gold in Asian Games held in 1962, one in the 400 m and the other in 4X400 m relay events.
    He won silver in National Games held in 1964.
  • His achievements got him promoted from a Sepoy to Junior Commissioned Officer in the army.
  • Milkha Singh also became the Director of Sports in the Punjab Ministry of Education in the later years of his career.
  • Milkha Singh was awarded Padma Shri in the year 1959 for his incredible accomplishments in sports.
  • The legend has donated all his medals to his country which are preserved in a sports museum in Patiala.
  • A Bollywood movie ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’ has been made on his life journey and achievements.

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