As compared to the Olympics to the 20th century, India’s performance at the Summer Games in the 21st century has been much improved. India has had some great track and field athletes, who have done very well in other major events in the world.
Here are 6 Indian athletes who gave their best at track and field events
Milkha Singh also known as the flying Sikh, He was introduced to the sport while he was serving in the Army. He is an Indian former track and field sprinter who was the only Indian athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games until Krishna Poonia won the discus gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Singh is best remembered for his fourth-place finish in the 400 meters final at the 1960 Olympic Games.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
Javur Jagadeeshappa Shobha is an Indian professional track and field athlete. She participated in the heptathlon and was the winner of the event at the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in 2003. Her personal best was of 6211 points which were achieved in 2004 as a national record. She came into the news for her performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, She completed heptathlon event though she was injured in the event of Javelin throw.
She was awarded the Arjuna award for the year 2004 for her courageous performance.
Makhan Singh was an Indian athlete during the 1960s. He got fame from victory over Milkha Singh in the 1962 National Games of India in Calcutta. He won a number of gold medals in National Games and represented India in the 1962 Asian Games where he won a relay gold in 4×400 meters and a silver in the 400 meters. Represented India at the 1964 Summer Olympics.
He took part in all the Games from 1959 to 1964 and won a total of 12 golds, three silvers, and one bronze.
Ashwini is an Indian former athlete and an Indian Film actress from Karnataka. She got famous around the start of the 1980s when she defeated P.T. Usha on two separate occasions. Ashwini represented India in three South Asian Federation Games. One in 1984 and won two silver medals, then in 1986 and won two silver medals and then in 1986 and won three gold medals. She participated in two Asian Games, In 1986 and 1990.
She also represented India in two World Championships, One in 1987 in Rome and the other in 1991 in Tokyo. She is currently the president of the Bangalore Urban District Athletics Association.
Ajmer was an Indian sprinter who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics, was a gold medalist at the 1966 Asian Games, in Bangkok, and later became the Director of Sports, Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was awarded the second highest sports award, the Arjuna Award by Government of India in 1966.
Two years before his death, Ajmer had declared his body be donated for medical research to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research at Chandigarh. Also, he Ajmer had declared that no memorials be made/constructed in his memory in any form. Both his wishes were fulfilled by his family.
Shiny is a retired Indian athlete. She has been a National Champion in 800 meters for 14 years. represented India more than 75 times in international competition. She has represented Asia in four World Cups and is also perhaps the only athlete to have taken part in six Asian Track & Field Meets in a row which began in 1985, Jakarta.