10 facts about the Queen of Indian Track P . T Usha


P. T. Usha is one name in the world of sports that is known to almost every Indian. She has made the country proud throughout her career as an athlete. Today, on 27 June 2019 P. T. Usha the pride of the nation turns 55.

Let's take a look at some quick facts about P. T. Usha on her birthday.


  1. Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha commonly known as P. T. Usha is also called as 'Payyoli Express' and 'Queen of Indian Track and Field'. 
  2.  P. T. Usha won 4 gold medals in 100 m hurdles, 60 m hurdles, high jump and 200 m along with a silver and bronze in 4*100 m relay in an inter-state junior meet up in 1978.
  3. P. T. Usha made her debut in the Olympics at the age of 16 in 1980 but got eliminated in the heats of 100 m.
  4. P. T. Usha clocked 11.8s and 24.6s in 100m and 200m to set national records during the interstate meet in Bengaluru in 1981.
  5. Usha set a new record in 400m by clocking 53.6s in 1983 at the Open National Championship at Jamshedpur.
  6. Usha came fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Games final missing the bronze by 1/100th of a second. 
  7. Usha clocked 56.81s and 55.5s to set a new Commonwealth record.
  8. P. T. Usha holds the world record for most gold medals earned by a female athlete in a single track meet.
  9. In 1983, P. T. Usha was honoured with the Arjuna award.
  10. She was awarded  Padma Shri in 1985.