India’s track and field legend PT Usha has been nominated for international Association for Athletic Federation (IAAF) ‘veteran pin’ for her outstanding service to the sport.

PT Usha is one of the greatest sprinters to have come out of India and is often called the ‘queen of track and field’. She won five gold medals- 100m, 200m, 400m hurdles and 4X400m relay-besides a bronze in the 1985 Asian games which were held in Jakarta.

“We are delighted that you have been nominated by your Area association as a recipient of the IAFF Veteran Pin for your long and meritorious service to the cause of World Athletics,” the IAFF CEO Jon Ridgeon informed Usha in a letter.

He also extended an invitation to the 55-year old to attend the award ceremony during the opening of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Qatar in September.

“It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the award ceremony which will take place during the opening ceremony of the 52nd IAAF Congress at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha on eve of September 24.”

Usha’s most memorable performance came in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she became the first Indian to reach the finals of 400m hurdles, but lost the bronze by one-hundredth of a second.

Here’s her twitter post where she expressed gratitude for the accolade.


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