Milkha Singh wiki
Milkha Singh also known as The Flying Sikh is a former Indian track and field sprinter. He is the only Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics Gold in Commonwealth Games. Milkha Singh has won the gold medal at the 1958 Asian Games in the 200 meter and 400 meter in the running race category. He represented India in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Milkha Singh BiographyMilkha Singh was born on the 8 October 1935 at Lyallpur Punjab, British India, and had a very difficult childhood when he saw his parents being killed during the Indo-Pak partition Massacre. He tried to get into the Army 3 times, but was rejected. Finally, his brother Malkhan Singh helped him get into the Electrical Mechanical Engineering branch of the Army in 1952, and it was there that he participated at the first sports meet.
He is married to former captain of Indian Women Volleyball team, Nirmal Kaur and has a son Jeev Milkha Singh who is a Professional golfer.
Post retirement, Milkha Singh holds the appointment of Director of Sports in Punjab. His life story was the basis of a biographical film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, directed by Rakeysh Mehra and starred Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor.
Milkha Singh CareerUnder the guidance of his mentor Havaldar Gurdev Singh, Milkha began training hard and harder at the Army to become an Athlete. After winning both the events at the National Games 1956 held at Patiala, Milkha went on to break the 200m and 400m records in the National Games 1958, held at Cuttack. He clocked 46.1m in 400m at National Games 1960 that was considered to be a World class performance of that time. But, his best was still to come.
Milkha Singh represented the nation in the Melbourne Olympic Games 1956, his first Olympic event. Although he couldn't fare quite well at the event being less experienced at that time, he learnt a lot from the competition to prepare himself well for the future meets.
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 Tokyo Asian Games 1958, clocking 21.6 seconds and 47 seconds respectively. At the Cardiff Commonwealth Games held the same year, he improved his 400m timing to 46.16 seconds, and grabbed a Gold Medal again.
Biopic on the life of Milkha SinghRecent released movie Bhaag Milka Bhaag was based on the legendary athlete, Milkha Singh. The movie proved to be a mesmerising and inspiring experience for everyone. The film starts in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where a coach says "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" and the story is taken back to the memories of the childhood days of a young boy which haunted him, resulted in him dropping to fourth.
The success of the movie shows that the Indian audiences appreciate stories of hope and grit. Today the younger generation knows more about Milkha Singh the 'Flying Sikh' about whom earlier not much was known to the youngsters except for his name. The movie has encouraged sports among the youngsters and the will to pursue it as a career. The Maharashtra Government has waved of the entertainment tax of the movie. The tax exemption valid for the next six months has been granted as the film's main objective was to promote sports among the youths.
Milkha Singh Profile details
Born on : 17 October 1935