India’s first-ever Olympic swimmer Shamsher Khan has passed away because of cardiac arrest on October 15th at the age of 87. Khan represented India at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, where he competed in the men’s 200m butterfly event.
He is survived by two sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. In 1956, he became the national hero when he became first Indian swimmer to have finished in 5th slot in the Melbourne summer Olympics.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu condoled the deathof Mr. Khan.
Khan, who had served in the Indian army for approximately 24 years earlier said in an interview, “The Indian government sponsored my flight tickets to Melbourne. But for the rest of the expenses, I took a loan of Rs 300 for which the army deducted my salary for three months.”
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