Payyoli Express Of India, ‘P. T Usha’
Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha or as we call her P.T Usha was born on 27th June 1964 in Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala.
She is a former Indian Track and Field athlete who started her career with indian athletics in 1979.
she has made india proud in many athletics events.
Lets know some facts about her…
- She was nicknamed Golden Girl or Payyoli Express and queen of Indian track and field because of her amazing performance.
- Coach O.M Nambiar noticed her in National School games of 1979 and trained her from thereafter.
- she participated in Olympic games from 1980-1996, barring 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
- In 1980 Olympics, she was the youngest sprinter at the age of 16.
- She is married to V. Srinivasan who is an inspector with the Central Industrial Security Force in the year 1991.
- She has got 3 awards.
- D.Litt. (Honoris causa) in 2018
- Padma Shri in 1985
- Arjuna Award in 1985
- Usha took retirement from athletics in the year 2000 and opened her sports academy in Kerala.