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

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.


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.


1986 ASIAN Games 400 Meter PT Usha Wins Gold & Shyni Abraham (Wilson) Silver For India.

PT Usha at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

PT Usha at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics missed the Olympic bronze medal by one hundredth of a second but memories are vivid for India’s track and field legend!