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PT USHA (Sport: Athletics)
Age: :50 years 27 days
Date of Birth:27-Jun-64
Place of Birth:Payyoli, Kozhikode, Kerala.
Height:5 feet 7 inches
Thrikottur School, Payyoli.
Sports division, Kannur.
Married V. Srinivasan in 1991
First International Race: Moscow Olympics at Moscow, Soviet Union in 1980.
Government Key Awards Won: 2. Padma Shri(1984) & Arjuna Award(1984).
Key Milestones/ Achievements:
- First Indian woman & the 5th Indian to reach the final of an Olympic event.
- In 1982, she participated in the Delhi Asiad & won the first medal of the games.
- In 1983, in the Asian Track & Field meet held at Kuwait, won Gold in the 400 mts creating an Asian record.
- In 1986, she won 4 golds in Seoul Asian games. Won 9 Asian games medals in her career.
Interesting/Little Known Facts:
- Her full name is Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha & was often called as 'queen of Indian track and field'.
- She came close to being the first Indian individual gold medal winner in Olympics but lost the 400 mts race by one hundredth of a second.
- In 1979, she was first noticed by O. M. Nambiar in the National School Games, who later became her coach.
- In 1985 Asian athletics event in Indonesia, she got 5 gold medals- record by a female in single track competition.
- In 1991, she took a short break after her marriage & came back to the field in 1993.
- Last participated in 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Later established the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala.
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