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PT Usha Biography: Queen of Indian Track and Field

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PT Usha (PT Usha full name: Payyoli Tevaraparampil Usha), at 59, is still one of the most talked-about track and field athletes of India of all time. Usha was on December 10, 2022 elected as the first woman president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). This legendary athlete has been a constant in our G.K books for years. Having secured 4 Asian gold medals and 7 silver medals, she is widely acclaimed as the “Queen of Indian track and field.” This blog delves into the biography of PT Usha and explores her extraordinary journey to becoming a legendary figure in the nation.

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She is one of India’s best-known women athletes with a 2-decade long career and people call her with love “Payyoli Express“.

PT Usha Biography

PT Usha Full Name Payyoli Tevaraparampil Usha
PT Usha Age 59 years
PT Usha Date of Birth 27 June 1964
PT Usha Coach O. M. Nambiar
Sport Track and Field (Athletics)
PT Usha Awards and medals
  • Arjun Award – 1983
  • Honorary doctorate (D.Litt.) conferred by Kannur University in 2000
  • Honorary doctorate (D.Sc.) conferred by IIT Kanpur in 2017
  • Honorary doctorate (D.Litt.) conferred by the University of Calicut in 2018
  • IAAF Veteran Pin in 2019
  • Padma Shri in 1985
PT Usha Achievement Won 102 medals at National and International meets. 100 m: 11.39 (Jakarta 1985) 200 m: 23.05 (Lucknow 1999) 400 m: 51.61 (Canberra 1985) 400 m hurdles: 55.42 NR (Los Angeles 1984)
PT Usha Hobbies Running, Fitness, Coaching
PT Usha Height 170 c.m
Weight 56 k.g
Gender Female
Spouse V. Srinivasan (1991)
PT Usha Son Vignesh Ujjwal, Ujjwal Srinivasan
Parent E.P.M. Paithal, T.V. Laxmi
PT Usha Hometown Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha
PT Usha Networth Assumed about $1 Million – $5 Million (Approx.)

PT Usha “Payyoli Express”- Journey

Her struggle and achievements are unparalleled. She was born in a poor family in Meladi-Payyoli, Kerala. Despite the poverty and lack of nourishment, Usha showed early aptitude in sports. Realizing her talent, the Kerala Government awarded her a scholarship of Rs. 250 to Payyoli express.

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