Milkha Singh: The Legend Behind “Bhaag, Milkha Bhaag”

Milkha Singh: The Legend Behind “Bhaag, Milkha Bhaag”

You must be aware of the world famous iconic sportsperson, Milkha Singh, of the undivided Punjab, who won several awards and medals in athletics for his motherland, India.

Milkha Singh: The Legend Behind “Bhaag, Milkha Bhaag”


Life of Milkha Singh

When Milkha Singh was young, he used to cover around 10 km to his school situated in Pakistan now, from his home in India. This distance he covered barefooted! Milkha Singh lost most of his family in a war between India and Pakistan during partition. This led him to an unavoidable trauma. His father exclaimed “Bhaag, Milkha Bhaag” as his last words, before dying. Later in life, Milkha’s sister suggested him to recruit himself in the Indian Army. However, Milkha was eliminated thrice during the army training.

His Achievements

Milkha Singh identified his talent and decided to represent India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics for 200m and 400m races. But, he was too raw to progress beyond the initial stages. Nevertheless, his companion in the same 400m race, Charles Jenkins, trained him for the races. Then, he participated in the National Games of India in Cuttack in 1958 in the 200m and 400m races. He soon made a national record. In the same year, he stood high with a gold medal in the 400m competition at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. Finally, he ranked as the first male Indian to achieve an individual athletics gold medal.

Milkha Singh: The Legend Behind “Bhaag, Milkha Bhaag”

The Greatest Achievement

Milkha achieved a gold medal against the Pakistani runner, Abdul Khaliq at the 1958 Asian Games held in Tokyo. He won over Abdul Khaliq in another match on the go in Pakistan, overcoming his trauma finally!


Milkha Singh received high appreciation from the President of India with a title: The Flying Sikh. He became the legend of India after receiving so many medals and awards, even though he lost in the Olympics. His struggles in life are an inspiration for all.

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