India’s fastest man Milkha Singh was in his prime form when he went to the Rome Olympics in 1960 and legends had predicted a podium finish for him. Tension was building every passing minute and Milkha drew fifth lane with South African Malcolm Spence and German Manfred Kinder on his either side.
Race started and till 250 metres Milka Singh was running really fast. But then he thought he would fizzle out in the end if he continued at that speed and slowed down his pace. Soon did he realize that one by one Spence, Kaufmann and Davis had caught up with him. Milkha Singh failed to control the damage caused in those six or seven yards in the last 100 metres, despite running at his best.
Malcolm Spence, who he had trounced in the Commonwealth Games, proved just a bit faster. It seemed to all that both of them had crossed the finish line together. Only during the official photo finish was he declared fourth.