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Cricket fraternity mourns the demise of ‘The Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh is fondly remembered for his heroics in the 400-metre race in the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he became the first Indian male sprinter to reach the final of an Olympic event.

Milkha Singh
Milkha Singh (Image Credit: Twitter)

Milkha Singh, popularly knows as the ‘Flying Sikh’ breathed his last on June 18. The legendary sprinter passed away at the age of 91 after post COVID-19 complications. Milkha Singh was an inspiration to many aspiring athletes and his demise has sent a shockwave through the country. The news comes five days after Milkha Singh’s wife Nirmal also passed away due to COVID-19 related complications.

Milkha Singh ran many memorable races in his career. He, however, failed to bag an Olympic medal. He is fondly remembered for his heroics in the 400-metre race in the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he became the first Indian male sprinter to reach the final of an Olympic event. Milkha started the race as favourite and missed the gold medal by 0.1 seconds as he finished fourth. He is also the first athlete to bag a Commonwealth gold for India which he won in the 1959 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He also claimed won four Asian gold medals.

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Here is how the cricket fraternity paid tribute to the legendary athlete.

Milkha Singh was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 19 and went into isolation in Chandigarh. He then developed serious symptoms and was admitted to Mohali’s Fortis hospital due to “COVID pneumonia”. He was then moved to PGIMER in Chandigarh on June 3. Finally, doctors managed to stabilize Milka’s health and he was tested negative on June 13. However, he succumbed to post COVID-19 complications.

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