Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha, a well known track and field athlete of India since 1979, belongs to the Kerala state. She has been titled as a “queen of Indian track and field” and “Payyoli Express”. For further involvement of the women in the field of athlete, she has run the Usha School of Athletics, Koyilandy in the Kerala.
P.T. Usha Facts:
Full Name: Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha
- Payyoli Express
- Golden Girl
Born: on 27th of June in 1964, at Payyoli, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Residence: Payyoli, Kozhikode
Occupation: Track and field athlete
Employer: Indian Railways
Coach: O. M. Nambiar
Known for: Padma Shri
Height: 5feet 7 inch (1.70 m)
Spouse: V. Srinivasan
Children: Ujjwal Shriniwasan
Parents: Paithal and Lakshmi
Medal records: for Women’s athletics in Asian Games
- Gold medal in 1986 Seoul for 200 metres.
- Gold medal in 1986 Seoul for 400 metres.
- Gold medal in 1986 Seoul for 400 metres hurdles.
- Gold medal in 1986 Seoul for 4×400 metres relay.
- Silver medal in 1982 New Delhi for 100 metres.
- Silver medal in 1982 New Delhi for 200 metres.
- Silver medal in 1986 Seoul for 100 metres.
- Silver medal in 1990 Beijing for 400 metres.
- Silver medal in 1990 Beijing for 4×100 metres relay.
- Silver medal in 1994 Hiroshima for 4×400 metres relay.
- Padma Shri Award.
- And Arjuna Award for best Athletics.
- Greatest woman athlete in 1985.
- Best Athlete in Asia Award in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989.
- World Trophy for best Athlete in 1985 and 1986.
- Adidas Golden Shoe award for the best athlete in 1986.
- Kerala Sports Journalists Award in 1999.
- Thirty international awards for excellence in the athletics.