The Age noted in 2006 that "Milkha Singh is the only Indian to have broken an Olympic track record." Milkha's time of 2:23.88 for 1,500 metres at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics was better than the existing world record by more than five seconds.
Before Milkha, there was no Indian national record in the 1500 m race. Since his record-breaking performance, two other Indians have reached second place in the World Championships in 1971 and 1975.
However, none of them has been able to break Milkha's record yet due to lack of availability of sufficient testing facilities before 1988 when it was last set. The IAAF allows records to be broken if they are over six months old and the technique has improved since then.
In addition, Milkha has been accused of doping during his era, which would make his record invalid. However, he has always denied using any illegal substances.
India has never had a female sprinter who has managed to break an Olympic record. The best India has ever done is second place, which Priya Rajan and Poonam Rani have achieved at World Championships in 2001 and 2005 respectively.
Milkha Singh, widely known as "The Flying Sikh," is an Indian track and field star who was orphaned during India's partition. The former army man earned four gold medals in the Asian Games. He also competed in the Summer Olympics in 1956, 1960, and 1964, finishing fourth in the 400-meter race in 1960.
Singh set several world records in the 1950s and 1960s before being banned for life by the government for defying the Indian Army by running in a public meeting. He returned to competition in 1981 and has since then won more than 30 national titles.
In addition to his Olympic medal, Milkha also has two other medals from the Commonwealth Games: one silver and another bronze. He remains the only person to have won four gold medals in track and field events at the Asian Games.
After retiring from active duty in 1969, Singh worked as a pilot which made him able to travel all over the world. He ran out of money around 1990 and had to start working as a auto driver to make ends meet. In 1992, he participated in the Barcelona Olympics as a driver but did not win any medals.
In 2005, Singh received the Padma Shri award from the Government of India. He is considered by many to be the greatest sprinter of all time due to his dominance in the 400-meter race.
"I want to see an Indian win an Olympic gold before I die," said Milkha Singh Ji, 49, who smashed the national record during the National Championships in Kolkata. Milkha's hand-timed time of 45.6 seconds was translated to 45.74 seconds in electronic timing, which Paramjit beat in 1998 by running 45.70 seconds. The new record is significant because it means that India has a chance of sending up a gold medallist to the London Olympics this year.
Milkha Singh was born on January 4th, 1953 in Faridabad, Haryana. He started riding motorcycles at the age of 14 under the guidance of his uncle. Within a few years, he became one of the top riders in India. In 1975, at the age of 20, he broke the 50kmph mark on a motorcycle and in 1977, he won the Indian National Championship. That same year, he moved to Pakistan where he continued to ride competitively and also worked as a mechanic. In 1979, he returned to India and joined the army where he served for three years. When he finished his duty, he resumed racing and in 1982, he broke the 100kmph mark on a motorcycle. Two years later, he set another national record by riding 117.44 km in one hour hands-free!
In 1985, Milkha Singh competed in Japan where he came third in the World Masters Championships. Three years later, he won the title at the European Championships in France.
So, the only individual who has surpassed Phelps' gold total is Phelps himself. In 2012, Ian Millar, a 65-year-old Canadian equestrian rider, achieved an Olympic record by competing in his tenth Olympic Games—-a streak that began in 1972, during the ill-fated Summer Games in Munich.
Millar's current world record is 20 gold medals, which he achieved between 2008 and 2012. However, due to the fact that he retired after winning his ninth medal, this record is not recognized by many organizations. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), for example, does not include it on its list of records book.
However, Millar did not retire from competition - he still rides at elite levels today. So, he could potentially win more medals in future games.
Phelps currently holds 21 gold medals, which is one more than Millar's world record.
His Olympic record for the most goals scored by an individual in an Olympic men's hockey final stands... Sr. Balbir Singh
|Born||31 December 1923 Haripur Khalsa, Punjab, British India|
|Died||25 May 2020 (aged 96) Mohali, Punjab, India|
The top sprinters in the country were about to break the Australian record, but a 17-year-old delivered a shocking message. Edward Nketia, 17, is the Australian 100m champion. Photographer: Getty Images/Image Source News.
He sent a telegram to the athletes, warning them not to break the record because it was "not a nice thing to do". The record breaker was given $10,000 (£6,900) as compensation.
Nketia's action brought attention to the fact that no one had yet broken the American record for the 100m race. The last time this happened was in 1892 when John Fitzgerald achieved this mark. His time of 10.5 seconds was considered world-class at the time.
Since then no one has been able to break 10 seconds, which makes today's young sprinters the first to break this mark since 1896.
Their ability to break this record shows how fast modern athletes are compared to 20 years ago. In 1987 a 16-year-old boy from Queensland named Tim McKinnon broke the Australian record for the 200m race. Since then no one has been able to beat this time either. It takes an average person around 3 minutes and 40 seconds to complete this race, while the fastest man on Earth can run it in under 1 minute and 50 seconds.
The 19-year-old from Kerala beat Ankit Sharma's record of 8.19m, which he achieved in July 2016. Sreeshankar had a good start to the competition, clearing 7.95m with his first attempt. After fouling his second leap, he recorded a new personal best in his third try, jumping 8.11m. This makes him only the fourth Indian after Aruna Kumar, Prakash Padukone and Gopinath Mohanty to achieve this feat.
Sharma's record was last beaten by Sun Yang of China who cleared 8.24m (27ft 6ins) during the 2017 World Championships in London. The young Indian sprinter has already announced his intention to break the world record in the 100m race during the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships in Dhaka.
In 2014, Sreeshankar became only the second Indian after Komal Singh to qualify for the Olympics when he placed 14th in the 100m race at Rio de Janeiro. He ran 11.5 seconds, one hundredth of a second short of reaching the final. India has never won a gold medal in the event.
Sreeshankar began his career as a toddler. He started training in gymnastics at the age of three. Two years later, he took up athletics. He trains throughout the year with a focus on preparing for the Olympic games. His father Sreejesh says that even though athletics is an individual sport, it requires teamwork to succeed.