India has amassed 20 medals in its Olympic history, which spans longer than a century. Athletes such as Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Saina Nehwal have etched their name in Indian folklore with their Olympic success. However, there have also been some athletes who missed the chance to rewrite history by a whisker.From athletics to archery, Indians have frequently come close to announcing themselves on the world stage, but narrowly missed out.Here’s a look at five athletes who almost made it:
#1 Milkha Singh
The most famous athlete on the list, ‘the Flying Sikh’ as he is often referred to, was touted as having the potential to become India’s first ever individual Olympic gold medallist. But despite some stellar performances at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, where he won gold, Singh would go on to miss the Olympic medal by a fraction of a second.
His effort at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics was not one he would like to remember, but his form heading into the 1960 Rome Olympics kept Indians hoping for the best.
Singh finished second in both of his heats, just seconds behind eventual silver medallist Carl Kauffman. However, the Olympic dream was not to be as he was beaten to third place by South African Malcolm Spence by 1/10th of a second.