Tuesday, June 9, 2015

P.T.Usha

P.T.Usha (Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha) is one of the greatest Indian athlete and is famous as 'Queen of Indian Track and Field'.During her career she earned thirty International Awards for her excellence in athletics.
She may the most popular female Indian athlete all over the world.She hails from Kerala State and she has earned so much pride and prestige for her Motherland India and also for Kerala People.
She was born on 27th June 1964 at Payyoli, a place 35 km from Kozhikode.Hence when she became a popular athlete she was also lovingly called as 'Payyoli Express'.
She set a National School record at the State athletic meet at Kottayam in 1977.
O.M.Nambiar became  impressed by her abilities and skill when he spotted her at the 1979 National School games and was  her coach  later on.
She was only 16 and was the youngest sprinter to participate in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
She participated in the 1980 Moscow Olympics,1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and 1988 Seoul Olympics.
She won 4 Gold and 1 Silver in the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and received the title 'Asia's Sprint Queen'.
She received Best Athlete in Asia Award in 1984,85,86,87 and 89.






In the Asian athletic meet in 1985 she received 'Greatest Indian athlete award'.
She won Gold in 200 metres ,400 metres ,Gold for 400 metres hurdles and Gold for 4 x 400 metres relay in 1986 Seoul Asian Games.She got silver in 100 metres  also in that meet.
She received Adidas Golden shoe Award for Best athlete for 1986 Seoul Asian Games.
She received World trophy for Best Athlete in 1985 and 86.
She received medals in Asian Games at,New Delhi, Beijing, Hiroshima also.
She never felt pride about her achievements or reciprocated  emotionally provocative when some of her fans turned against her and humiliated when she lost the Bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics.She finished first in the semi finals but in the finals she lost the medal by 1/100th of a second in the photo finish.She had tried her level best in all the sports events in her career.
She is recipient of Arjuna Award and 'Padma Shree' Award  from Government
of India.
She is an Officer of Southern Railway and presently also runs 'Usha School of Athletics' at Koyilandy in Kerala to train young sports aspirants.
Usha has been inspirational to several boys and girls who possessed skill to enter the world of athletics in India.
She got married to V.Sreenivasan in 1991 and they have a son.  


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