New Delhi: Legend Indian athlete and Olympian P.T. Usha has been conferred with the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Veteran Pin Award on Wednesday.
Usha received the award at the 52nd IAAF conference in Doha. She is one of the greatest sprinters to have come out of India, often called the “queen of track and field”.
Expressing my deep gratitude towards @iaaforg and President @sebcoe for awarding me the Veteran Pin at the 52nd IAAF conference in Doha. I look forward to continually contributing to the growth of athletics in our country!@IAAFDoha2019 #IAAFDoha2019 pic.twitter.com/pKUcly1EsV
— P.T. USHA (@PTUshaOfficial) September 25, 2019
Usha is one of the greatest sprinters to have born in India. Often referred to as the “queen of track and field,” she won five gold medals — 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay along with a bronze at the 1985 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Her most memorable performance came in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the 400m hurdles but lost the bronze by one-hundredth of a second.
Notably, she is popularly known as The ‘Payyoli Express’ and was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1983. Two years later, Usha was awarded the Padma Shri Award in 1985.