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Mohinder Singh Gill Athletics

Mohinder Singh Gill Athletics

Mohinder Singh Gill (born 12 April 1947) is an Indian triple jumper who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics. After placing second in a pre-Olympic meet in Munich, Gill competed while injured.

Gill won two of India's five-ever medals at the Commonwealth Games. Political interference almost cost him the chance to compete, including a false published quote that he did not intend to compete. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi intervened to allow him to compete.

Gill won one Gold Medal and one Silver in the Asian Games.

He won 52 major international invitational competitions in North America and Europe, setting 19 new records in the process; in addition, he won 5 NCAA Championships all with new records.[6] Some of those records stood 40 years later.

Gill attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, competing 1968-1971, winning five NCAA championships. He was elected into the Cal Poly Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993, the only Asian to receive that honor.Gill currently resides in Turlock in central California.

In 1970, Gill was given India's highest sports award, the Arjuna Award