India’s first Olympic swimmer passes away

Vijayawada, Oct 15: India’s first Olympic swimmer Shamsher Khan today passed away after suffering a heart failure.

            Shamsher, 87, is survived by three daughters and two sons.

            He lived in a small village, Kaithepalle near Repalle in Guntur district.

            “He complained of chest pain in the morning, before we could reach the hospital, he passed away,” Shamsher’s daughter-in-law M Roushn said.

            Shamsher was the first swimmer from the country to participate in the Olympics in 1956.

            He secured a passage to the Melbourne Summer Olympics after creating a national record in the 200-meter butterfly event. (PTI)


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