SEARCH
Log in
Leaders
0

P.T. Usha

P.T. Usha
Born Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha
27 June 1964 (Age 50)
Payyoli, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Residence Payyoli, Kozhikode
Nationality Indian
Other Names Payyoli Express, Golden Girl
Occupation Track And Field Athlete
Employer Indian Railways
Known For Padma Shri
Height 5′ 7″ (170 Cm)
Spouse(S) V. Srinivasan
Children Ujjwal
Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (born 27 June 1964), popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala. P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the “queen of Indian track and field”. She is nicknamed the Payyoli Express. Currently she runs the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala. P. T. Usha was born in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala. In 1976 the Kerala State Government started a Sports School for women, and Usha was chosen to represent her district.
Career
In 1979 P. T. Usha participated in the National School Games, where she was noticed by O. M. Nambiar, who coached her throughout her career. Her debut in the 1980 Moscow Olympics proved lacklustre. In the 1982 New Delhi Asiad, she got the silver medal in the 100m and the 200m, but at the Asian Track and Field Championship in Kuwait a year later, Usha took the gold in the 400m with a new Asian record. From 1983–89, Usha garnered 13 golds at ATF meets.
At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she finished first in the semi-finals of the 400 metres hurdles, but narrowly missed a medal in the finals, reminiscent of Milkha Singh’s 1960 defeat. There was a nail-biting photo finish for the third place. Usha lost the bronze by 1/100th of a second.
In the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986, P. T. Usha won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the track and field events. She also won five gold medals at the 6th Asian Track and Field Championship in Jakarta in 1985. Her medals at the same meet is a record for a single athlete in a single international meet.
Usha has won 101 international medals so far. She is employed as an officer in the Southern Railways. In 1985, she was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award.
Currently she coaches young athletes at her training academy in Kerala, including Tintu Luka, who was qualified for the women’s semi-final 800m at the London 2012 Olympics.

Share:
  • googleplus
  • linkedin
  • tumblr
  • rss
  • pinterest
  • mail

Written by admin

There are 0 comments

Leave a comment

Want to express your opinion?
Leave a reply!

Leave a Reply