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Good Sports: Remembering the Flying Sikh

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2021
Good Sports: Remembering the Flying Sikh

India recently bid farewell to one of its greatest track athletes, Milkha Singh. Known as the Flying Sikh, he succumbed to Covid at the age of 91, just five days after his wife, Nirmal Kaur, died from the virus.

“In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Singh won four gold medals in track at the Asian Games and another at the Commonwealth Games. But he is best remembered for a non-medal-winning performance. At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, he finished fourth in the 400-meter final. He missed out on a bronze medal by a tenth of a second, but his time of 45.73 seconds remained an Indian national record for almost 40 years.


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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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