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Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, is an Indian former track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He was and still is the only athlete to win Gold in the 400m at the Asian as well the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. Milkha Singh (born 1932), also known as The Flying Sikh, is an Indian former track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He was and still is the only athlete to win Gold in the 400m at the Asian as well the Commonwealth Games. Milkha Singh created the record at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games after clocking 46.6 seconds, which was a new national record back then. Its been decades since Milkha Singh retired but till today, very few Indian sprinters have come close to matching his calibre and the rich legacy that he left behind. Singh was persuaded by Jawaharlal Nehru to set aside his memories of the Partition era to race successfully in 1960 against Abdul Khaliq in Pakistan, where a post-race comment by the then General Ayub Khan led to him acquiring the nickname of The Flying Sikh.