Country’s first swimmer in Olympics Khan dead

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Shamsher Khan, the country’s first swimmer who had participated in the 1956 Summer Olympics died at his native place Repalle on Sunday.

Shamsher Khan (92) died of heart attack. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy condoled the death of Khan. The funeral rites would be held on Monday.

He had enrolled himself in the Indian Army in 1949 and had taken part in various national swimming competitions. He won a place in the Indian Olympics contingent that had visited Australia in 1956. He secured fourth place in the competition. He continued to serve in the Army till he retired in 1973. In July 2016, the Andhra Pradesh State government awarded him Rs.25 lakh.

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