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Celebrity Biography - Milkha Singh

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Milkha Singh (Track and Field Athlete)

Celebrity Biography - Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. 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. 

About Milkha Singh:

  • Full Name: Milkha Singh
  • Nick Name: The Flying Sikh
  • Date of Birth: November 20, 1929
  • Birth Place:  Govindpura, Punjab, British India
  • Hometown: Chandigarh, India
  • Zodiac: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Religion: Sikhism
  • Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • School: A village School in Pakistan
  • Died: June 18, 2021
  • Death Cause: COVID-19
  • Celebrity Category:  Athlete
  • Profession: Indian Track and Field Athlete
  • Wife: Nirmala Kaur
  • Children: 
    • Jeev Milka Singh (Son)
    • Sonia Sanwalka (Daughter)
  • Net Worth: Estimated $5 Million

Milkha Singh Records:


Men's Athletics:
  • Representing  India

British Empire and Commonwealth Games:
  • Gold medal: 1958 Cardiff  (440 yards)

Asian Games:
  • Gold Medal: 1958 Tokyo (200 m Running Race)
  • Gold Medal: 1958 Tokyo (400 m Running Race)
  • Gold Medal: 1962 Jakarta (400 m Running Race)
  • Gold Medal: 1962 Jakarta (4 × 400 m Relay Race)

National Games of India:
  • Gold medal – first place 1958 Cuttack 200 m
  • Gold medal – first place 1958 Cuttack 400 m
  • Silver medal – second place 1964 Calcutta 400 m

Some Facts Regarding Milkha Singh:

  • There is no concrete proof relating to his date of birth. However, consistent with some official reports, he was born in an exceedingly Sikh Rathore Hindustani Family in Govindpura Village of Muzaffargarh town in British India.
  • Milkha Singh had no plan once he was born. However, he mentioned in his biography titled “Flying Sikh Milkha Singh” that he should are around 14-15 years previous at the time of India’s Partition.
  • During the communal riots following India’s Partition, Milkha lost his oldsters once he was around 12-15 years previous.
  • In 1958, Milkha Singh was honored with the Padma Shri Award.
  • Three days before the murder that wasted Milkha’s life, he was sent to Multan to require the assistance of his eldest brother, Makhan Singh, UN agency was then serving within the army. On the train to Multan, he sneaked into the women compartment to cover himself beneath a seat as he feared being killed by homicidal mobs.
  • By the time Milkha came back beside his brother Makhan, rioters had turned their village into a incineration ground. several dead bodies together with Milkha’s parents’, a pair of brothers’ and their wives’ couldn't even be recognised.
  • After around four or five days of the incident, Makhan boarded his mate Jeet Kaur and brother Milkha in a military truck headed for India. They were born at the Ferozepur-Hussaniwala space.
  • In search of labor, he typically visited the native army camps and every now and then, he would typically polish shoes to induce food.
  • A lack of job chance and floods forced Milkha and his in-law to shift to city. They traveled to city sitting on the roof of a train.
  • As there was no place to remain in city, they spent a number of days at the Railway platforms. Later, they found that his sister-in-law’s oldsters had settled in an exceedingly neighborhood referred to as Shahdara in city.
  • Milkha felt suffocated at his sister-in-law’s house because it was proving to be taxing for him. However, a slice of relief for Milkha came once he discovered that one amongst his sisters, Iswar Kaur, was living in an exceedingly neighborhood near .
  • As there was nothing to try and do for Milkha, he started defrayment his time on the streets and within the method, he fell in unhealthy company. He started looking movies, and to shop for tickets, he started gambling and stealing beside alternative boys.
  • Soon, his eldest brother Makhan Singh got his posting in India at the Red Fort. Makhan took Milkha to a close-by college and got admitted him in seventh commonplace. However, Milkha couldn't deal with his studies, and again, he fell into unhealthy company.
  • In 1949, Milkha and his friends thought of connexion the Indian Army and went for enlisting to the Red Fort. However, Milkha was rejected. He once more gave a strive in 1950 and was once more rejected. when being rejected doubly, he started operating as a mechanic. Later, he got employment in an exceedingly rubber mill wherever his regular payment was fifteen INR/month. However, he couldn’t work for long as he suffered a heat stroke and remained bed-ridden for two months.
  • In the Nov of 1952, he got employment within the Army with the assistance of his brother and was denote to Srinagar.
  • From Srinagar, he was sent to Electrical Mechanical Engineering unit of the Indian Army at Secunderabaad.
  • In Jan 1953, he finished sixth in an exceedingly six-mile (approximately ten km) cross-country race. Milkha Singh race Race
  • Milkha ran his first-ever-400m race in sixty three seconds at a Brigade Meet and finished fourth. once Milkha was asked if he would be ready to run the 400m race, his 1st reaction was – How long is 400m? He was then hip by a former contestant, Gurdev Singh, that 400m accounted for one spherical of the track.
  • Milkha started active 400m race on his own, and within the method, sometimes, blood would exudate of his nostrils.
  • Milkha was designated to participate within the 1956 Melbourne athletics. However, he lost within the initial rounds. Milkha Singh 1956 athletics
  • Milkha created history once he bagged India’s 1st gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1958 at Cardiff. He offers credit of this triumph to his yank Coach, Late Dr. Arthur W Howard.
  • After his success within the 958 Asian Games, he was promoted to Junior officer from the rank of Sepoy.

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