These words are quoted by"The Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh, the former Indian sprinter who clinched India's first individual gold medal at Athletics in the Commonwealth Games and four gold medals in the Asian Games of 1958 and 1962. He has set various records in sprint one of which his personal best time is 45.73 sec, he clocked at the 4th place in the 400m Olympic event of 1960, held in Rome, making a national album that he lasted for 41 decades . Now, he's become an ideal character for its young generation with a cogent narrative that depicts Milkha's'never say die' mindset and a gold heart that beats for the nation.
The legendary athlete has been born in Govindpura, a village 10km from Muzaffargarh (which is now a district at Pakistan) in a Sikh Rajput family. Milkha Singh's arrival date is controvertible being 20th November 1929 based on the records of Pakistan and 20th November 1935 according to additional official documents. In the tender age of 12, Milkha witnessed a brutal massacre in which his parents and other family members succumbed. Milkha and his brother lived as they ran for life. Allitebooks
Young Milkha chose to join the Indian Army, which took him four attempts to qualify for it. Throughout his workout sessions in the army, Milkha used to run fast contrary to a meter gauge train which helped him in increasing his pace. At the Asian Games of 1958, Milkha secured a gold medal in 200m and 400m race together with timings 21.6 sec and 47 sec, respectively. In precisely the exact same year, at the Cardiff Commonwealth Games of 1958, he finished in the 400m race with the timing of 46.16 sec, clinching the gold medal. It was India's first gold medal after independence. Milkha was encouraged to Junior Commissioned Officer rank in the Sepoy because of his astounding performance in the track and sincere attempts in sports. Post this, Milkha bagged numerous accolades for the nation, winning 77 races from 80.
Following his retirement in the Indian Army, Milkha founded a charitable trust in 2003 to assist those sportspersons who have calibre to acquire but are lacking with the right guidance and resource. He's given all his medals and decorations, considering them the nation's property and not his own. Really, Milkha is a man of words who proved what he believed. His struggles during the initial phase of lifestyle made him strong enough to stand against all odds and to never bow down facing failure, running to chase success. In a sportsperson's life, the pressure is always there; you have to learn how to manage this.