P. T. Usha Biography
P. T. Usha is an Indian athlete from Kerala and her full name is Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha. She was one of the greatest athletes of India and hence is affectionately call the Queen of the Indian Track and Field. She is running the Usha School of Atheletics at Koyilandy in Kerala.
P.T. Usha was born on 27th June 1964 in the village of Payyoli in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Her father’s name is Paithal and her mother’s name is Lakshmi. She married V. Srinivasan and has a son named Ujjwal. She was coached by O.M. Nambiar who found out the talents in her when she participated in the National School Games in 1979. She represented India in 1980 Moscow Olympics.
In the New Delhi Asiad in 1982, she got silver medal in the 100 meter and 200 meter running and in the Asian Track and Field Championship held at Kuwait in 1983, she won gold medal in 400 meters with new Asian record. Since then she has bagged 13 gold medals at the ATF meets.
She represented India in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and became the first Indian woman to reach the finals in the Olympic event. She won 4 gold medals and one silver medal in the track and field events at the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986. She also won five gold medals at the sixth Asian Track and Field Championship held at Jakarta in 1985. Six medals in the same meet by a single athlete was a new record of that time.
She has totally won 101 international medals. She is employed as the officer of the Southern Railways. She was given the prestigious Padma Shri award and Arjuna Award by the government of India in recognition of her talents in 1985.
She got 5 gold medals in 100 m, 200 m, 400 m sprints and 400 m hurdles and 4*400 m relay in the 1985 Asian Track and Field Meet at Jakarta and earned a bronze medal in the relay. She participated in all the Olympic Games from 1980 to 1996 except in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She participated in the 1982 Delhi Asiad and won the first medal of the games. Atlanta Olympics 1996 was her last Olympics participation.
Updated: July 21, 2017