Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh died on Friday due to post-Covid complications. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital in Mohali on May 24.
Singh’s condition had turned critical on Friday evening as he developed complications, including fever and dropping of oxygen saturation level, after a bout with Covid-19.
The legendary athlete was admitted to the ICU of Mohali’s Fortis hospital due to “COVID pneumonia”. His death came five days after his wife Nirmal also died due to post-Covid complications.
The Padma Shri awardee was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.
Milkha Singh, a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, missed the bronze medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics by 1/100th of a second.
His timing at the Italian capital was a national record for 38 years till Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.
Singh, who was born in Gobindpura now in present-day Pakistan on November 30, 1928 as per school records, had become the first Indian athlete to win gold in the then British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958, a record which stood for more than 50 years when Krishna Poonia won the gold in discus throw event in 2010 CWG at Delhi. Singh had emerged as the winner in the 400m final at Cardiff edging out Malcolm Spence of South Africa with a timing of 46.6 seconds.