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No One's Flying Past Him

Milkha Singh is sceptical about Paramjeet breaking his record

No One's Flying Past Him
No One's Flying Past Him
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AT the Delhi Golf Club which played host to the Hero Honda Masters last week, Milkha Singh was indeed the hero if media attention is anything to go by. He certainly seems to be garnering more publicity for being the displaced Indian icon than the new 400 m national record holder, sprinter Paramjeet Singh, is getting for that long overdue record-breaking feat.

But has Paramjeet really broken the Flying Sikh's record? While Paramjeet clocked 45.70 secs, Milkha had set a mark of 45.6 secs at the Rome Olympics in 1960, when hand clocks were used to time runners. That changed in the seventies when the International Amateur Athletics Federation converted all hand-held timings into electronic timings, and accordingly, revised Milkha's 45.6 seconds to 45.73 secs. The IAAF adopted a formula where 0.24 secs were added to all existing 100 and 200 m timings up to 1968. For the 400 m, it added 0.14 seconds as the race finishes at the same point where it begins.

 But Milkha disagrees with the conversions. Says he: "We used to run...

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