Ghulam Mohammed Khan won four Asian Games equestrian medals ©Getty Images

Asian Games equestrian gold medallist Ghulam Mohammed Khan has died age 74 after contracting COVID-19.

Khan died in Pune on Saturday (May 1), one of more than 222,000 Indians to have died from the virus as the country's health crisis worsens, the Times of India reported.

At the New Delhi 1982 Games, Khan won a team eventing gold medal as well as individual silver behind compatriot Raghubir Singh.

Khan was riding the horse Goodwill.

Four years later at the Seoul 1986 Asian Games, Khan won bronze medals in the team eventing and dressage competitions, each time finishing behind hosts South Korea and Japan.

In between the two Asian Games, in 1984, Khan won the prestigious Arjuna Award - at the time India's highest sporting honor.

Equestrian was on the Asian Games programme for the first time in 1982, and India have not won a gold medal in the sport since the exploits of Khan and company.

Later in life, Khan, who served in the military, coached numerous national medallists and was honoured with the Vishisht Seva Medal for achieving excellence in the planning, construction and organisation of equestrian centres, per the Times of India.

Khan was additionally an International Equestrian Federation judge.