Asian Games 2018: Illustrated history of Sachin Nag, the swimmer who won India's first Asiad gold in 1951

Within the pantheon of Indian sports activities legends, the identify of Sachin Nag is usually forgotten.

Hailing from Varanasi, Nag was a swimmer who earned India its first-ever Asian Game gold medal on the inaugural Asian Game in 1951.

Nag’s profession in swimming was pure happenstance. As a 10-year-old, Nag was fleeing policemen over a minor transgression. Operating out of choices, he jumped within the waters of the Ganga to keep away from being caught.

At that second, a 10km race was on. Nag additionally began swimming with the contributors and by some means ended up ending third.

That day set him on the course to be a swimmer.

He went on to equal the 100m nationwide report and shatter the 200m. His exploits additionally ship him to the 1948 Olympics — India’s first as an unbiased nation.

However it’s actually on the inaugural Asian Game — hosted by India — that Nag established himself as a legend.

He gained India’s first-ever gold medal on the Asiad — the place 11 nations competed for medals in six disciplines — after profitable the 100m freestyle occasion in a lifeless warmth.

And a legend was born.

Artwork courtesy: Rajan Gaikwad

That is the primary a part of Firstpost’s collection on India’s heroes on the Asian Game.

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