Milkha Singh wanted to join the Indian Army and was rejected three times and got selected in forth time. His talent as an athlete came into the light there and there he made a record in the 400 meter race. There was no looking back for this flying Sikh after that. Milkha Singh is also known as Flying Sikh, this name was given by people of Pakistan when Milkha Singh won the highly publicized race in Pakistan. Milkha Singh is Director of Sports in Punjab. […]
He represented India in the 400m competition of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. His inexperience meant that he did not progress from the heat stages but a meeting with the eventual champion, Charles Jenkins, both inspired him to greater things and provided him with information about training methods. In 1958, Singh set records for the 200m and 400m in the National Games of India, held at Cuttack,and also won gold medals in the same events at the Asian Games. He then won a gold medal […]
Every morning Milkha Singh still goes for a jog by the Sukhna lake in Chandigarh. Most afternoons are spent playing golf and he uses the gym in his house regularly. “Discipline. You have to be disciplined if you want to be world class,” he says, “That’s what I tell my son Jeev. I give him the example of Tiger Woods, and hope he would bring the medal I couldn’t.” Jeev Milkha Singh, India’s best golfer, was recently awarded the Arjuna Award and is striving to […]
The most important occasion in Milkha’s career arrived in the form of Rome Olympic Games 1960. In the first heat of 400m race at the Rome Olympic Games, he covered the race at 47.6 seconds and finished at 2nd position. In the second heat he further improved his timing and grabbed 2nd position again with a timing of 46.5 seconds. Karl Kaufman of Germany had outclassed him this time. In the Semi Final heat he still finished at 2nd place, although this time he further […]
Milkha Singh had been promoted from the rank of sepoy to junior commissioned officer in recognition of his successes in the 1958 Asian Games.He subsequently became Director of Sports in the Punjab Ministry of Education. Singh had been awarded the Padma Shri following his success in 1958. In 2001, he turned down an offer of the Arjuna Award from the Indian government, arguing that it was intended to recognise young sportspeople and not those such as him. He also thought that the Award was being […]
Probably the best period during Milkha’s career as an Athlete arrived between the year 1958 and 1960. He won Gold Medals in both 200m and 400m events at the 1958 Asian Games inTokyo, clocking 21.6 seconds and 47 seconds respectively. At the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games, he improved his 400m timing to 46.16 seconds, and grabbed a Gold Medal again. He thus became independent India’s first gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games.
One of most outstanding person in athletics of India is Milkha Singh. Due to marvellous speed in running on tracks, Singh earns a nickname ‘Flying Sikh’ from Ayub Khan a Pakistan’s General after defeating Abdul Khaliq, Pakistan’s faster runner in year 1962. 1935 was year when this great athlete was born in undivided India’s Western Punjab. In 1953 Singh joins Indian Army. After joining, Milkha Singh pays special attention towards athletics and begins training for a 400 meters race. In a very less time, Singh […]