27 October, 2020

Iron Muscles, Steel Nerves

Iron Muscles, Steel Nerves
  • ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh was arguably India’s most gifted athlete in the 20th century. His historic 400 m run in the Rome Olympics where he broke the world record, though finishing fourth, is Indian olympic lore. An orphan in India from Lyallpur, in Pakistan, Milkha was the undisputed winner in the 200 and 400 m circuit in India. No other Indian since has received as many invitations to run in Europe as Milkha.

  • Her performance in the 1984 Olympics, when she burst on to the international scene by reaching the finals of the 400 m hurdles, raised Indian hopes for a medal. But P.T. Usha lost out in a photo finish, finishing fourth. The ‘Golden Girl’ made amends in the Seoul Asiad in 1986, winning four golds and one silver. Currently, she is on a comeback trail.

  • Perhaps India’s most coveted moment in hockey came in 1936 when Dhyan Chand scored seven consecutive goals in the Olympics final and earned the ‘Wizard of Hockey’ title. Joining the Indian army as a sepoy in 1922, he became an officer in 1942. He won three Olympic golds. The 1936 gold...


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