Iconic moments of Milkha Singh, the ‘Flying Sikh’

Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh, fondly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, breathed his last on Friday. He was 91. Here, we take a look at some of the most iconic moments of his decorated career.

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Milkha Singh (right top corner) missed an Olympic track and field medal at Rome in 1960 by one hundredth of a second. It was one of the most memorable quarter-mile races.

 

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Milkha Singh won gold in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. He also represented India in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where his 4x400m relay team failed to make it out of the heat stages.
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Milkha Singh strikes a pose for a photograph after a training session in 1959.

 

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Milkha Singh, winner of the 400 metres event at the first ever Indo-German athletic meet held in New Delhi, seen in action on October 25, 1962. Germany’s Hans Joachim Reske was second.
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Former Delhi chief minister, the late Sheila Dikshit, hands over the Commonwealth Games torch to Milkha Singh at the start of the Queen’s Baton relay at Red Fort in New Delhi on September 14, 2005.
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Former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur drapes a ponnadai around Milkha Singh – who was given the ‘Legend of Indian Sport’ award by Sportstar in 1997. Also seen in the picture is Sourav Ganguly, who won The Sportstar Sportsperson of the Year award.

 

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Milkha Singh presenting a pair of spikes he wore at the 1960 Rome Olympics to his on-screen counterpart, Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar during the announcement of a film on his life titled ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’ in Chandigarh on February 21, 2012. These spikes were fetched during an auction by Filmmaker Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, who produced the film.
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Milkha Singh with actor Farhan Akhtar at the music launch of film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
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Milkha Singh unveils his wax statue at a function in Chandigarh. The statue was to be displayed at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi.

 

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A proud Milkha Singh being congratulated by Somblingo (The Philippines) (on the left), who finished second and A. R. Bin Ahmad (Malaysia), the bronze medallist after the Indian had accounted for another record in the Asian Games at Tokyo on May 28, 1958.

 

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