PT Usha, the former track and field athlete who has inspired millions has turned 56 years old today. Usha was born on 27th June in 1964 at Kuttali in Kozhikode, Kerala. One of the biggest athletes India has ever produced, PT Usha has inspired a host of female athletes to represent the nation.
As she celebrates her 56th birthday, Minister of State of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Jiren Rijiju took to twitter to extend his wished for her as, calling her “Golden Girl” PT Usha.
Birthday greetings to the legend and India's original "Golden Girl" PT Usha. She is still contributing to Indian sports by providing training and coaching to young athletes. I pray for her good health and long life @PTUshaOfficial https://t.co/rwbGaqu5ZS pic.twitter.com/5tRCru6rqd
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 27, 2020
Usha has been an inspiration for millions and one of them is the current Indian sensation Hima Das, who became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in 2018.
— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) June 27, 2020
PT Usha still remains the most accomplished female athletes India has ever produced, raking in 11 medals at the Asian Games and making India proud. Usha hanged her boots from the discipline in the year 2000 and started focusing on training the budding athletes of the country. In 2002, she even opened Usha School of athletics that aims of producing the athletes for the country.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh also took to Twitter to extend his greetings. He called her the queen of Indian track and field.
Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the queen of Indian track and field @PTUshaOfficial 🎂 I grew up watching your wonderful achievements which made us proud as Indians 🇮🇳 you continue to inspire with your dedication to foster youth🏅please stay safe, have a great day!
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 27, 2020
The track and field queen is known for her brilliance in the Seoul Games of 1986 where India had won five medals out of which Usha bagged four in 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4×400 m relay events.