Milkha Singh

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Birthday
17, 1935
Birthplace
Punjab, India
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
17, 1935 (age 83)
Birthplace
Punjab, India

About

Track and field star who competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Rome, and Tokyo, respectively.

Before Fame

He joined the Indian Army in 1951, and was introduced to track and field while stationed at the Electrical Mechanical Engineering Centre in Secunderabad.

Trivia

He won four gold medals in the Asian Games, with two coming in 1958 in Tokyo, and two more in 1962 in Jakarta, and gained the nickname "The Flying Sikh."

Family Life

He married volleyball player Nirmal Kaur, and together they raised five children.

Associated With

Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru helped persuade him to compete in a 1960 race.