The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh has lost the battle of life 30 days after being hit by Covid-19. Five days ago, his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh died due to Covid-19. Now even Milkha Singh is no more in this world. He breathed his last at PGIMER Chandigarh on Friday night.
Champion Milkha Singh came under the grip of the virus on 20 May. According to the Indian Express report, his health had also suddenly deteriorated after a cook of the family was found positive. After which he was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali on 24 May. He was discharged from the hospital on 30 May. But on June 3, he was again admitted to the Covid ward of PGIMER due to complaints of falling oxygen levels.
After this, Milkha’s Covid-19 report came negative on Thursday, after which he was shifted from Covid ICU ward to Medical ICU ward. But due to ill health there again, he died on Friday.
The information about the death was given by his son Jeev Milkha Singh. He told Indian Express that “Father has passed away”.
Earlier in the day itself, Jeev Milkha Singh had told that Milkha Singh’s health is not well.
Indian Prime Minister MR. Narendra Modi tweet on Twitter:
The flying sikh Milkha Singh: Won Many Madels for India:
The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, the great athlete of India, was born on November 30, 1928 in Gobindpura, Pakistan. He became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal during the British Empire. Not only this, he also named India for the first time by winning the gold medal in the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. His record made in the Commonwealth Games remained in his name alone for 50 years. In the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Krishna Poonia equaled Milkha’s record.
Milkha Singh defeated Malcolm Spence of South Africa by completing the 400m relay in 46.6 seconds at the Cardiff Commonwealth Games.
Apart from this, The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh also won four gold medals for India in the Asian Games. In the first 1956 Asian Games, 200m and 400m relay. After this, he also won gold in the 400m and 4X400m relay at the 1962 Asian Games.
But the biggest moment of his life came in 1960 Rome Olympics. When he lost the medal by a small margin in the 400m final. It was a very close race where the first four places were decided by photo finishes.
Davis, Kaufman, Spence and Milkha all broke the old Olympic record of 45.9 seconds. Davis came first with a time of 44.9 seconds. Kaufman’s time was 44.9. Spence’s time was 45.5. He got the bronze medal. While Milkha clocked 45.6 which was better than the Olympic record at that time, he had to settle for the fourth place.
Later this record of 45.6 seconds of Milkha Singh was broken by Paramjit Singh in 1998.
The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh is survived by his three daughters Dr. Mona Singh, Aliza Grover, Sonia Sanwalka and a son Jeev Milkha Singh. Jeev is a golfer and has also been a 14-time international winner.
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