Who is Makhan Singh?

Makhan Singh beat Milkha Singh in the 1962 National Games. In 1964 he was conferred the Arjuna Award. He also won the gold medal in the relay race and a silver in the 400m at the 1962 Asian Games.

updated: August 24, 2013 20:30 IST
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It is said that nobody remembers those who finish second. The case of a certain Makhan Singh is the opposite. Despite beating Indian legend Milkha Singh, Makhan remains the unsung hero of Indian Athletics. No sports biopic on him, no fame, and no money which has left his family with little choice but to try and sell the one award that is a reminder of his greatness.

11 years back Makhan Singh, one of India's best track athletes, died. Ever since then his family has been struggling to make ends meet.

Makhan Singh's wife Salinder Kaur told NDTV 'I feel very sad to say that I can't even feed my family. That is how bad our state is'

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