🏃‍♀️ P. T. Usha - Queen of Indian Track and Field


#1

P. T. Usha, undoubtedly one of India’s greatest athletes and rightfully called the ‘Queen of Indian Track and Field’. She is nicknamed as the Payyoli Express.

:running_woman: P T Usha became the youngest Indian sprinter, aged 16, to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. She also participated in 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics.

:medal_military: In 1984, she was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award.

:medal_sports: She holds the current World Record for most Gold medals earned by a female athlete in a single track meet.

:1st_place_medal: Usha secured 5 Gold medals, in the 100, 200, and 400 m, 400m hurdles, and 4 × 400 m relay at the 1985 Asian Track and Field Meet at Jakarta, Indonesia.

:1st_place_medal::2nd_place_medal: Won 4 Golds and 1 Silver in 1986, Seoul Asian Games, claiming for herself the title of Asia’s sprint queen. Usha has won 101 international medals.

:raised_hands: P.T.Usha started the ‘Usha School of Athletics’ in 2002 with the sole aim of winning an Olympic Medal for India by training young athletes.


#2

Seeing the state of sporting facilities in India in those times, It’s remarkable that she achieved great success. Still, a little improvement is there,But a lot of needs to be done regarding sports facilities available to athletes.