Milkha Singh

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Milkha Singh
Milkha Singh.jpg
Singh in 2012
Personal information
Nickname(s)The Flying Sikh
NationalityIndian
Born(1929-11-20)20 November 1929
Govindpura, Punjab Province, British India (present-day Punjab, Pakistan)
Died18 June 2021(2021-06-18) (aged 91)
Chandigarh, India
OccupationAthlete
EmployerRetired; formerly of the Indian Army and Government of Punjab, India
Spouse(s)
Nirmal Saini
(m. 1963; died 2021)
Military career
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
RankCaptain of the Indian Army.svg Honorary Captain
AwardsPadma Shri riband Padma Shri
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprinting

Milkha Singh (20 November 1929 – 18 June 2021), also known as The Flying Sikh, was an Indian track and field sprinter. He is the only athlete to win gold at 400 metres at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Singh died of COVID-19 on 18 June 2021 at the age of 91.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Milkha Singh: India's 'Flying Sikh' dies from Covid". BBC News. 2021-06-19. Retrieved 2021-06-20.
  2. "Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh', dies of COVID". Al Jazeera. 19 Jun 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-20.