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Milkha Singh

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Milkha Singh

Singh at Chandigarh Golf Club in 2012


17 October 1935 (age 77) Lyallpur, Punjab, British India



Other names

Flying Sikh


Track and field athlete

Known for

Padma Shri


5'8" (172 cm)


146 lbs (66 kg)




Jeev Milkha Singh

Olympic medal record

Men's Athletics

Competitor for


Olympic Games {{| 1960 Rome | 400 m}}

British Empire and Commonwealth Games Gold 1958 Cardiff Asian Games Gold Gold Gold 1958 Tokyo 1958 Tokyo 1958 Jakarta Chandigarh Marathon Gold 2012 Chandigarh 21.5 km above 40 years 200 m 400 m 100 m 440 yards

Milkha Singh (born 17 October 1935) also known as The Flying Sikh [1] is a former Indian track and field sprinter. As of 2010, he is the only Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics Gold in Commonwealth Games. He represented India in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Milkha had clocked 45.60 sec in the 1960 Summer Olympics 400m race to finish fourth beaten by Malcolm Spence of South Africa for bronze.[2][3] He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour for his achievements in Sports. He is married to former captain of Indian Women Volleyball team, Nirmal Kaur.[4]

1 International career 2 Life after retirement 3 Awards and achievements 4 Civilian Honours 5 References

International career[edit]
He represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where his inexperience showed. Thereafter, he won gold medals in both the 200m and 400m events at the 1958 Asian Games, clocking 21.6 seconds and 47 seconds respectively. He progressed to win a gold medal in the 400m competition at the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games, with a time of 46.16 seconds. This latter achievement made him the first gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games from independent India.[citation needed]

Subsequently, he competed in Pakistan and his successes there earned him the nickname of The Flying Sikh. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, he finished second in all of his 400m races prior to the final, improving his time on each occasion. In the final event he set off strongly to the fore but was overhauled by the field and finished in fourth place, this being a decision that required a photo-finish. His time was 45.6 seconds and his finishing position was not bettered by an Indian track athlete until the 1984 Olympics, when P.T. Ushamissed out on the 400 m hurdles bronze medal by 1/10th of a second. [citation needed]

Life after retirement[edit]

Post retirement, Milkha Singh holds the appointment of Director of Sports in Punjab. His life story will be the basis of a forthcoming biographical film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, directed by Rakeysh Mehra and starring Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor.[5]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Gold Medal - 1958 Commonwealth Games - 400 m Gold Medal - 1958 Asian Games - 200 m and 400 m 4th Place - 1960 Summer Olympics Gold Medal - 1962 Asian Games

Civilian Honours[edit]

Padma Shri - 1959

1. ^ A. Joseph Antony (2012-04-06). "Sport / Athletics : Flying Sikh' takes a nostalgic jog down memory lane". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 2. ^ PTI (2012-07-14). "Sport / Athletics : My last desire is to see Olympic gold in athletics". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 3. 4. ^ "Olympics". sports-reference. Retrieved 15 May 2012. ^ The Hindu (2012-11-24). "Sport / Other Sports : Jeev overcomes news of ailing mother to equal course record". The Hindu. Text "http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/jeev-overcomes-news-ofailing-mother-to-equal-course-record/article4130470.ece " ignored (help); 5. ^ "Rakeysh Mehra to bring Milkha Singhs life on screens"