Milkha Singh's Biography
Born on 17th October 1935, Milkha Singh is famous as ‘The Flying Sikh’ and is a former Indian athlete. Until 2010, Milkha Singh was the only male athlete of India who had won an Individual Gold for athletics in Commonwealth Games. Singh represented India in 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome and in 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. Singh clocked 45.60 seconds in 400 meters race in Summer Olympics in 1960 to finish at fourth position, beaten by South Africa’s Malcolm Spence for bronze. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian honor, for Singh’s magnificent accomplishments in Sports in the year 1958. Singh married Nirmal Kaur, who was Indian Women Volleyball team’s former captain. Jeev Milkha Singh, a professional golfer, is Singh’s son.
Singh is the greatest Sikh Athlete alive. He was born in a family with modest resources. He joined Indian army and it was then he discovered his fondness towards running and the rest we all know is legendary. During 1960 Olympics, Singh deservedly got the epithet of “The Flying Sikh” from Ayub Khan, Pakistan’s General. Till date, or until Sydney Olympics in 2000, Singh is the only Indian who broke the Olympic record.