Milkha Singh's Biography
The Flying Sikh
Dubbed ‘Flying Sikh’, Singh is First and only Indian who broke a track record in an Olympic and is also first Indian who reach to finals in Olympic.
You can describe Milkha Singh as one among most extraordinary athlete. Singh was one genius and no one can train a genius. Without any kind of formal training, without financial reward of any kind and without emotional support of any kind because loss of parents at time of Partition, only remain one elder sister and one brother to whom Singh could look for any kind of help. Despite all these unfavourable conditions Singh proves himself as one good athlete and took on greatest athletes during that time. A burst in speed with, which Singh broke previous record in Olympic Games in a 400 meters track is now one part of traditional local stories in Punjab. They repeat this fairy tale as one part of rich heritage of Punjab. Singh is not less popular in India than some other sportsperson in other parts of world, such as Pele is popular as an icon in football in Brazil and in Argentina; Maradona is popular for same sport. In India, many generations to come will remember Milkha Singh with a feeling of affection, love and as a person for various exploits with, which Singh sets tracks ablaze wherever and whenever Singh ran. It happens rarely in history of Olympics when a large number of athletes go on for breaking Singh’s greatest race, since Singh had greatest athletes of world on blocks. No one has dare to challenge possibility that it is true or will happen in future, except Milkha Singh, who though respects them yet never fear them. Milkha Singh simply ran superb.
With passage of time since Singh stops running with spikes on, yet there is no athlete who has ever reach even nearer to magical timing of Singh. Singh was one product of a time when there was no existence of facilities, no availability of coaches, no offering of rewards and no secure job. Yet Singh armed self with iron will to draw own course, Singh reverses movement of destiny’s wheels.