Milkha Singh's Biography
|Born||17 October 1935 (age 77) Layallpur, British India||Nationality||Indian||Other names||Flying Sikh||Occupation||Athlete||Awards and Recognition||Padma Shri||Religion||Sikh||Spouse||Nirmal Kaur||Children||5 children : three daughter, a son, Jeev Milkha Singh (a professional Golfer) and an adopted son|
One of most outstanding sportsperson in Indian athletics is Milkha Singh. Due to his marvelous speed in running on tracks, Singh earned the nickname ‘Flying Sikh’ from Ayub Khan, Pakistan’s General, after defeating Abdul Khaliq, Pakistan’s fastest runner in the year 1962.
Singh was born in an undivided India’s western Punjab in 1935. In 1953 Singh joined the Indian Army. After joining, Milkha Singh paid special attention towards athletics and began training for a 400 meters race. In a short span of time, Singh succeed in establishing a new record for the 400 meters race, which earned him great prestige and fame.
In 1957, Singh established the national record in 400 meters race of 47.5 seconds. In the 3rd Asian held at Japan’s capital Tokyo, Singh created two records in 200 and 400 meters races. In the 4th Asian held at Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, Singh won the 400 meters race and secured the first position thus winning the gold medal for India. In 1959, Indian Government honored Milkha Singh for the hitherto, incredible and notable achievements and performance in the arena of sports with ‘Padma Shri’. At present, Milkha Singh is completely dedicated towards promotional activities for sports held in India.