Manohar Aich, who was the first from independent India to win the Mr Universe title, died at the age of 102 in Kolkata on Sunday. The centenarian won the Mr Universe title in 1952, in addition to three gold medals in bodybuilding at the Asian Games.

Aich was dubbed "Pocket Hercules" for his short stature, at 4.11 ft. He began training in 1942 when he had joined the British Royal Air Force. Aich had also won the World Championship of Spring Pulling by tearing a spring of 275 pounds tension.