Gurbachan Singh Randhawa
Gurbachan Singh Randhawa's 14-seconds finish in the 110 meters hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics still stands as national record. But the effort was not enough to fetch India a medal in 1964. Randhawa was lucky enough to be the fastest loser in the qualifiers. In the semi-finals a pumped up Gurbachan finished second. A self-confessed slow starter, he did not begin the final race well, but picked up his pace in time, only to be overshadowed by the Americans, Hayes Jones and H. Blaine Lindgren who ended up first and second. Gurbachan clocked 14 seconds and was placed fifth. It was yet another case of so near yet so far for India.