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I want to see an Indian win Olympic gold athletics before I die: Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh or the Flying Sikh, as he is famously known, is undoubtedly one of the best athletes to emerge from India. One of India’s first independent sports heroes, Singh enjoyed a distinguished career while performing his trade for India in 200m and 400m sprints at the international level. One of the best moments of Singh’s career and one of the greatest heartbreaks of his career occurred simultaneously. Representing India at the 400m sprint of the 1960 Rome Olympics, Singh set a national record at the end of the event.
Although the national record remained for almost four decades, it wasn’t enough for the young Singh to win the Olympic medal, as he had to settle for fourth place by just one-hundredth of a second. Singh still seems to be haunted by the disappointment of missing out on the Olympic medal, or as can be seen from his statement during the Fit India dialogue with the Minister of Sports and Youth, Kiren Rijiu.
Speaking during the dialogue Singh said, “I had participated in around 80 international races before the 1960 Rome Olympics and whenever I used to win and the tricolour was raised along with the national anthem, I used to have tears of joy in my eyes. It is my last wish to see an Indian win a gold medal at athletics in the Olympics and raise the tricolour at the global stage.” Rijiju, on Sunday, shared a clip of this on his twitter account and tweeted, “I promise you that we will work hard to fulfill your last wish, which is something the whole country is hoping for. I pray for your long and healthy life Milkha Singh Ji.”

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