Sprinter, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
There was little fanfare about sports in 1960. Equipment was difficult to come by—no running shoes were manufactured in India, and nobody knew what a tracksuit was. But there was a lot of patriotism. When I became the first Indian to win a gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, Nehru sent a message asking if there was anything I wanted...I requested a national holiday!
Lookin' back: Milkha Singh misses the 400m bronze by a hair's breadth