Milkha Singh Biography: Age, Death, Family, Career, Records, Awards and Honours and more

Milkha Singh: The Untold Story of the Flying Sikh

Milkha Singh was born on 20 November 1929. He was born in a Sikh family of Rathore Rajput origin.His birthplace was Govindpura, a village 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Muzaffargarh city in Punjab Province.

Milkha Singh Biography: Age, Death, Family, Career, Records, Awards and Honours and more

The Untold Story of the Flying Sikh

The Flying Sikh’s name is Guru Har Rai Ji and he was an Indian Air Force test pilot in World War II. Guru Har Rai, better known as ‘Guruji’ or the Flying Sikh, was born in Govindpura, a village 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Muzaffargarh city in Punjab Province. The Flying Sikh was a man of valour and was the first Sikh to test fly an aeroplane and solo the world’s second fastest aircraft ‘Fokker Triplane’, a three-engined monoplane that was flown by Harjinder Singh. His Flying Sikh plane was named Sohanjali and it took off from Panagarh airfield, a major air base of the British-controlled East African Air Force. The Sikh was given the award of Britain’s highest bravery medal, the George Cross, for his gallantry, but this was revoked because of his religious beliefs.

The Early Days

Singh’s father died when he was about 3. He was raised by his father’s elder brother Naren Singh. The latter noticed that the young boy was very active and athletic and gave him all the opportunities to take part in sports. Milkha learned to swim from him and in his formative years he was a water polo player. Naren encouraged him to take up distance running and in 1948 he became one of the youngest racers at the national level at the age of 17. In 1949 he won a gold medal at the All India Rowing Championships and the following year he won the North Zone Cross Country Championships. Later that year, Milkha won a silver medal at the Asian Games in Thailand. A year later, he became the Asian Games champion and set a new national record for the 5,000-metre run.

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The Flying Sikh

Singh was a noted long-distance runner and represented India in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. In 1957, Singh broke the world record for over 50 miles, setting the new world record at 7:16:28, with a finishing speed of 58.0 mph. He also set the best time for the 20, 30, 40 and 50 mile distances. The ‘Flying Sikh’ as he was affectionately known, had earlier broken the world record in the 100 and 200-meter distances. In the 10,000 metres race, he broke the world record of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 1954. Life after his Olympic glory Singh won the gold medal at the Asian Games in Jakarta in 1958, in the same event he had won in Helsinki, and was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1958. In 1962, at the Commonwealth Games in Perth, he won the bronze medal in the marathon.

The Rise and Fall of Milkha Singh

He was raised in an atmosphere where sport was always present. He had only had one year of formal schooling, but the affection and love he received from his parents meant that he was able to take up the work of learning how to run without any difficulty. When he was still a young boy, his father asked him to return to school to complete his education. Milkha Singh did this. He completed his schooling in a Sikh school in May 1949. He did well in his studies and left school at the age of sixteen. In June of 1949, Milkha Singh set off on the start of his life as a runner. He initially worked as a farm labourer and spent the first few years of his life on the farm of his father before he was able to earn enough to support himself by becoming a runner.

The Legacy of Milkha Singh

He was a great player of polo. In 1958, he participated in the Polo World Championship in Madrid and won the Gold Medal for the Country. He is still a world-famous polo player. Milkha Singh, who holds world records of most number of polo matches played by a single player and most number of hours spent in polo, retired from polo in 1969. He became the Captain of the World XI, an eight-member team of professional polo players who represented Pakistan. Milkha Singh was very proud of playing for Pakistan and earned respect for the Country. He is now the honorary president of Pakistan Polo Team. On 29th October 2016, he was awarded the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan for his contributions to the field of sports.

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