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.
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.
In 1984, she was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award.
She holds the current World Record for most Gold medals earned by a female athlete in a single track meet.
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.
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.
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.