Indian track and field legend P T Usha was on Wednesday presented the Veteran Pin by the world athletics governing body, in recognition of her contribution to the growth of the sport. IAAF chief Sebastian Coe presented her the Veteran Pin during the 52nd IAAF Congress. She was one of three persons from Asia to receive the honour.
PT Usha took to twitter to express her gratitude at the honour.
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 come out of India, often called the "queen of track and field". She won five gold medals -- 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, and the 4x400m relay -- besides 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.
Earlier, the retired Indian track and field athlete PT Usha had congratulated PV Sindhu with a heartwarming social media post. She shared a throwback picture of her with the shuttler where a very young PV Sindhu can be seen sitting on her lap. Sharing the picture on Twitter PT Usha wrote, "The passion and dedication for the sport will always be rewarded when hard work comes into play."
Further extending congratulatory greetings, PT Usha said that PV Sindhu's success will inspire generations to come. This throwback picture was posted by PT Usha after Sindhu had emerged triumphant in the World Championships as she became the first Indian shutter to win the gold medal.
The passion and dedication for the sport will always be rewarded when hardwork comes into play. @Pvsindhu1 success will inspire generations to come!— P.T. USHA (@PTUshaOfficial) August 25, 2019
Hefty congratulations on winning the Gold at #BWFWorldChampionships2019 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/xBP7RgOHnt
(With PTI Inputs)