Former athlete Henry Rebello died in Gurgaon on 27 August 2013 after a long illness. He had represented India in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. He was 84 years old and is survived by a daughter and two sons. Rebello was a triple jumper of the highest quality. He won the top spot in a pre-Olympic event for foreign athletes in London and was a top performer in the preliminary rounds of the main event.
However, he pulled a muscle in his first jump in the finals, and had to withdraw. Rebello was born in Bangalore and was a self-made athlete. He used to racer against cars during his training.
Rebello was commissioned into the Indian Air Force, and retired as a Group Captain after the London Olympics. Later on he served as a Director in the Sports Authority of India.
Who: Henry Rebello
What: died in Gurgaon
When: 27 August 2013
Why: Long illness