first Indian woman (and the fifth Indian) to reach the final of an
event by winning her 400 m hurdles Semi-final. She was born in Kerala in 1964.
When she was just 12, she joined a Sports school at Cannanore where she received
guidance and training from O.P. Nambiar, the noted athlete coach. Her full
name is Pilavulakandi Thekkeparambil Usha.
the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986, P.T.Usha kept the flag of India
flying high by winning 4 gold and 1 silver medal in the track and field events.
Here she created new Asian Games records in all the events she participated. P.T.Usha
also won the most medals at a single championship -six at Jakartha in 1985.
Her five gold at the 6th Asian Track and Field Championship is also a record
for the most number of gold medals by a single athlete in a single international