The Story Of India’s PT Usha And How She Became A World Famous Athlete!

PT Usha first started running when she was in 4th standard, and years later became one of the best track athletes in the world. Read.

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June 10, 2021

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One of the most iconic sportspeople from India is PT Usha,  who is a world-famous track and field athlete. Her full name is Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha but she is often referred to as the queen of Indian track and field. She was born on June 27, 1964, in Kerala. She first started running when she was in 4th standard, and years later became one of the best track athletes in the world.

As per the reports, she competed against a district champion at her teacher’s behest and won. Thereafter, she represented her school at the district level and won several competitions as well. However, she rose to fame after seeking admission through the sports division. PT Usha would win hearts wherever she went. She was only 12 when she won the national sports game championship. In fact, she was the first female athlete to represent India in the Olympics finals.

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For the majority of the 1980s, PT Usha was a prominent athlete in various Asian track and field events. She won 14 gold medals along with 23 other accolades ad became Asia’s best sprinter. As per the reports, PT Usha says that her coach played a major role in all her achievements.

PT Usha once revealed in an interview that the second race of her life was a hurdle based race. She completed it in 55.7 seconds and directly qualified for the Olympics, it was considered as one of the best performances of the world at the time.

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With her prolific performances, PT Usha not only became a famous national athlete but established her prominence internationally as well. Owing to her work, she received Arjuna Award for Athletics in 1984 and in the same year, she received Padma Shri as well.  After winning 103 medals, PT Usha retired in the year 1997.

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