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First Olympic Swimmer of India ‘Shamsher Khan’ passed away

India’s Olympic swimmer Shamsher Khan passed away from heart failure on Sunday.

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,”

Khan was the first swimmer to represent India in the 1956 Olympics. He earned a ticket to the Melbourne Summer Olympics in 1956 after creating a national record in the 200-meter butterfly event.

He served in the Army from 1946 and also fought the Indo-China war in 1962 and the subsequent 1971 Indo-Pak war. His records in breast-stroke and butterfly still remain unbeaten by Indian athletes.

He served in the army for 24 years and retired from services in the year 1973. Khan was inducted into the Madras Engineer Group in Bangalore.

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