Kids of her age are alike but I noticed she is going to make history when I saw her walking towards stage to receive her price for running. She was lean and fast. Yes… She was fast!
It is well said Indian proverb that “Heere ki parakh Jauhari ko hi hoti hai”. O. M. Nambiar noticed her when he was attending one of the sports prize-distribution ceremonies. Noticing her style of walk and her physic he was confident that she is going to make history. Soon, he began coaching her and results were not surprising to Nambiar. She won five medals at inter-state-meet for juniors in Kollam in 1978.
That was not the beginning of her journey. She had started much before. But this was the beginning of her journey towards Olympics. It’s not always about winning but it’s about leaving your imprints when you leave! That’s what the Golden Girl did. She lost the bronze medal in 400 metre hurdles by one-hundredth of a second in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics but she won hearts with her unbeatable strength of performing the best to her will power.
“I never wanted to be an Olympian. All I wanted was to keep breaking my own record. I never competed to defeat anybody.” —P. T. Usha
P.T. Usha is the first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event and the youngest Indian sprinter, aged 16, to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. She achieved a record of 55.42 seconds at Los Angeles, the very first time, the 400m hurdles, was added to the women’s athletics. She Won 5 gold medals and 1 bronze in 1985, at the Jakarta Asian Athletic meet and many more at different sport competitions. Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri in 1984.
Indian Athletes are always underrated by the Indian government and society. They hardly get proper resources of training and practice. Many of them not even had proper shoes when they went to run at a platform like Olympics still they proved their value just by their willpower. It’s not about what you do for yourself but what makes you human is what you do to resolve the difficulties faced by you for your next generation.
Her story made me feel for her because of her efforts for the girls who are trying to make it as Athlete. She started the ‘Usha School of Athletics’ in 2002 with the sole aim of winning an Olympic Medal for India by training young athletes. You can also take a step and help her in her efforts for making India win an Olympic by clicking on https://milaap.org/fundraisers/usha-school.
She is not only a motivation for me but I owe respect for her!