In the 1960 Rome Olympics 400m final, Milkha Singh ran at an average speed of 32 km/h. In the same Olympics, Milkha became popular because of his beard and long hair. People thought he was a monk and wondered how he ran so fast
Milkha singh donated all his medals and sporting treasures to the nation, which are now part of attraction at Sports Museum in Patiala.
He wanted to join Indian army but was rejected thrice and got selected in the fourth attempt. Singh trained hard during his “fatigue time” often racing against the meter-gauge trains.
In 1999, Milkha adopted the 7-year-old son of Martyr Bikram Singh who fought in the Kargil War. In 2001, Milkha Singh declined the prestigious “Arjuna Award”, saying it came ‘40 years too late’
Indian athletics had a representation at the top with Milkha Singh but then there was no one like him in the later years. The upcoming talent in athletics is quite promising and showing intent. Here is one such talent Neeraj Chopra – World Record holder.