P.T. Usha / by Molly Schiot

The "queen of Indian track and field", Usha became the first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event when she made the 400 metres hurdles final at the 1984 Olympics.  In a heartbreaking photo finish, Usha missed the bronze medal by 1/100th of a second, although her time still stands at the Indian national record in the event.  Winner of ten medals at the Asian Games, Usha was named the Best Athlete in Asia four years in a row and Sportsperson of the Century by the Indian Olympic Association.  In her home state of Kerala, Usha established the Usha School of Athletics to help young athletes achieve excellence in a range of athletic pursuits.  One of Usha's pupils, Tintu Luka, recently qualified for the 800m semi-finals at the 2012 Olympics.  

The "queen of Indian track and field", Usha became the first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event when she made the 400 metres hurdles final at the 1984 Olympics.  In a heartbreaking photo finish, Usha missed the bronze medal by 1/100th of a second, although her time still stands at the Indian national record in the event.  Winner of ten medals at the Asian Games, Usha was named the Best Athlete in Asia four years in a row and Sportsperson of the Century by the Indian Olympic Association.  In her home state of Kerala, Usha established the Usha School of Athletics to help young athletes achieve excellence in a range of athletic pursuits.  One of Usha's pupils, Tintu Luka, recently qualified for the 800m semi-finals at the 2012 Olympics.