Parduman Singh Brar

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Parduman Singh Brar
Personal information
NationalityIndian
Born(1927-10-15)15 October 1927
Bhagta Bhai, Bhatinda
Punjab Province, British India
Died22 March 2007(2007-03-22) (aged 79)
Bhagta Bhai, Bhatinda, Punjab, India
Sport
CountryIndia
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Shot put, Discus throw
ClubServices

Parduman Singh Brar (15 October 1927 – 22 March 2007) was an Indian athlete who specialized in shot put and discus throw events. He was one of the few Indians to have won multiple medals at the Asian Games.[1]

Career[edit]

Brar was India's national champion in the shot put and discus throw events in the 1950s. He won his first national shot put event in Madras in 1958 and won the national discus throw events in 1954, 1958 and 1959. In the 1954 Asian Games in Manila, he won gold medals in the shot put and discus throw events, thus becoming the first athlete in Asia to achieve the feat. He continued his performance in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, winning a gold in the shot put event and bronze in the discus throw event. In his last games appearance in 1962 in Jakarta, he won a silver medal in discus throw, thus completing his medal tally of five medals in three Asian games events. He was given the Arjuna Award by the Government of India in 1999 recognizing his contribution to Indian sports.[2]

Death[edit]

Brar, paralysed after an accident in the early 1980s, died on 22 March 2007 in his native village in Punjab after prolonged illness.[2] Poverty stricken, he died penniless.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parduman battles for life with little financial help coming". The Indian Express. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Parduman Singh dead". The Hindu. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Parduman's case raises many questions". tribuneindia. 22 May 1999. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ "From the Editor". Business Today. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2013.