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P.T Usha

The queen of Indian track and field for two decades, P.T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979.
The titles associated with her are Queen of Indian Track and field, Asian sprint queen, Payyoli Express, Golden girl

PRIZES AND RECOGNITIONS:
>> Recipient of Arjuna Award ,1984.

>> Adjudged as the greatest women athlete, in 1985 Jakarta Asian Athletic Meet.

>> Padma Sree in 1984.

>> Best Athlete of the year Award from India Government in 1984,/85,/86,/87, and 89.

>> In 1986 Seoul Asian Games, won the Adidas Golden Shoe Award for the best athlete by the Asian Amateur Athletics Association, Seoul Asian Games, 1986.

>> 33 medals including 13 golds in Asian Games and Asian Championships.

>> Won a total of 102 medals at National and International meets during her career.

>> Won 1 gold and 2 silver at the 1999 Saf Games held at Kathmandu.

>> Thirty International Awards, for her excellence in Athletics.

>> In recognition of her achievements, a road at Payyoli,her home town, is named after her.

>> The Kerala Government has also set up a "PT Usha Sports Council" at Central Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.

>> Kerala Sports Journalists Award for the year 1999.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

>> National Record at State athletic meet at Kottayam, 1977.

>> She captured the limelight as a junior athlete in National Inter State meet at Kollam, 1978.

>> Selected to National Squad for the 18th Pakistan National Games in Karachi, 1980.

>> Selected to the Moscow Olympics, 1980.

>> First Keralite and first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event.

>> Youngest Indian sprinter to compete in the quadrennial sporting extravaganza in Moscow Olympics at the age 16.

>> Participated in 1982 Delhi Asiad and won the first medal of the games.

>> In 1983 Asian Track and Field Meet (re-christened as the Asian championship) at Kuwait, Usha tried out the 400m for the first time.
She emerged successful in the one- lapper at an international arena for the first time.

>> Her effort of 55.54 seconds in LosAngeles was a record since this was the first time, 400m hurdles was conducted in the womens section.

>> Usha gathered 5 gold medals and one bronze in 1985, at the Jakarta Asian Athletic meet.

>> Won four golds in 1986, Seoul Asian games, claiming for herself the title of Asia's sprint queen.

>> Following her marriage in 1991, she quit the scene for a while, but came back in1993 ,after 3 years of hibernation.

>> Participated in Olympic games from 1980, except on 1992, Barcelona Olympics.

>> She last participated in Atlanta Olympics , 1996.

In Brief:

Family Father : E.P.M.Paithal
Mother : Lakshmi
Sisters:Suma and Shobha
Brother: Pradeep
Spouse : V.Srinivasan
Son: Ujjwal
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International Debut Moscow Olympics, 1980
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Was noticed 1982 Asian Games
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Best timings 100 meters (11.39 seconds), 200metres (23.25 sec), 400 meters (51.61 sec) and the 400 meters hurdles (55.42 sec).
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Coaches O.M.Nambiar, JS. Bhatia
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Favorite food meen molasia, sambhar and kootu-curry.
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Best Moment Winning the first medal in the Asian games 1982
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Facts :Was named Usha by her maternal grandfather.

:First Keralite and first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event.

:Youngest Indian sprinter to compete in the quadrennial sporting extravaganza in Moscow Olympics at the age 16.

:Her effort of 55.54 seconds in LosAngeles was a record since this was the first time, 400m hurdles was conducted in the womens section.

:In 1982 Delhi Asiad won the first medal of the games.

:Has participated in Olympic games from 1980- 1996 except on 1992, Barcelona Olympics

:A road at Payyoli, her home town, is named after her

:The Kerala Government has also set up a "PT Usha Sports Council" at Central Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.

:At the age of 34 she set a new national record for the 200m, after the birth of her son.
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Her Autobiography Golden Girl, was published by Penguin in 1987
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