‘Follower of rules, Milkha Singh refused me a gold’ | More sports news


CHANDIGARH: For Dronacharya laureate track and field coach Mohinder Singh Dhillon, 1958 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Milkha Singh was a man who once refused him a gold medal. However, Dhillon, who recently coached the shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor for gold at the 2018 Asian Games, recalls the legend without a grudge and as a man who never compromised on the question of the rules.
The incident dates back to the 1982-83 Interstate Athletics Championship. “I won gold in the discus throw and the javelin throw,” recalls Dhillon. “The last race of the event was the 400 meter hurdle. After beating the heat, I reached the finals. Milkha Singh got there as soon as the finals started.”
“I started and took a good lead. But after jumping the last hurdle, my right shoe broke on landing. That upset my balance and my left leg went to the branch line. I fixed the bug and won the race, ”he adds.
But Milkha, there as the main guest, disagreed. “He went to the officials and said the athlete stepped on the second lane and according to the rules he can’t be the winner. I told him it wasn’t my fault as my shoe broke but Milkha Singh ji said “I didn’t earn the gold by rules. He was always an advocate of the rules.”
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