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Greatest Sports WomenP. T. UshaSania MirzaSaina Nehwal
P. T. UshaPilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha( ) isborn on June 27, 1964 in Kerala.P. T. Usha was born in the village ofPayyoli, Kerala. In 1976 the KeralaState Government started a SportsSchool for women, and Usha waschosen to represent her district.She is popularly known as P. T. Ushaor Payyoli Express and also called the“Queen of Indian track and field”.
Career• In 1979 P. T. Usha participated in the National School Games, where she was noticed by O. M. Nambiar, who coached her throughout her career.• Her debut in the 1980 Moscow Olympics proved lackluster.• In the 1982 New Delhi Asiad, she got silver medal in the 100 m and the 200 m, but at the Asian Track and Field Championship in Kuwait a year later, Usha took gold in the 400 m with a new Asian record.• Between 1983-89, Usha garnered 13 golds at ATF meets. She finished first in the semi-finals of the 400 meters hurdles in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, but faltered in the finals.• In almost a repeat of Milkha Singhs 1960 feat, there was a nail-biting photo finish for the third place. Usha lost the bronze by 1/100th of a second. She became the first Indian woman (and the fifth Indian) to reach the final of an Olympic event by winning her 400 m hurdles Semi- final.
Career• Usha has won 101 international medals so far. She is employed as an officer in the Southern Railways. In 1985, she was conferred the Padma Shri and the Arjuna award.• She won five golds at the 6th Asian Track and Field Championship at Jakarta in 1985.• In the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986, P. T. Usha won 4 gold and 1 silver medal in the track and field events.• She created new Asian Games records in all the events she participated.
Achievements• National Record at State athletic meet at Kottayam, 1977.• Selected to the Moscow Olympics, 1980.• First Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event.• Participated in 1982 Delhi Asiad and won the first medal of the games.• Usha gathered 5 gold medals and one bronze in 1985, at the Jakarta Asian Athletic meet.• Won four golds in 1986, Seoul Asian games, claiming for herself the title of Asias sprint queen.• Participated in Olympic games from 1980, except on 1992, Barcelona Olympics.• She last participated in Atlanta Olympics, 1996.
Sania MirzaSania Mirza is born on 15 November1986, in Bombay.She was born to Imran Mirza, a sportsjournalist, and his wife Nasima.She is a professional Indian tennisplayer.She began her tennis career in 2003.
Career• Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 7 in doubles.• She is the third Indian woman to be featuring at a Grand Slam tournament (the first one being Nirupama Vaidyanathan at the 1998 Australian Open and the second being Shikha Uberoi at the 2004 US Open.)• She is the first Indian woman to be seeded in a Grand Slam tennis tournament and the first Indian woman to win a WTA title.
Awards• Arjuna Award (2004)• WTA New Comer of the Year (2005)• Padma Shri (2006)
Saina NehwalSaina Nehwal is born on March17, 1990.She is an Indian (Khel Ratna)badminton player, currently ranked 5in the world by Badminton WorldFederation.She has got brown belt in Karate. Butshe quit Karate at age of 8.
Career• Saina created history by the winning the prestigious Asian Satellite Badminton tournament (India Chapter) twice, becoming the first player to do so.• She became the first Indian woman to reach the quarter finals at the Olympic Games.• Saina has been signed up by Olympic Gold Quest to support her in fulfilling her dream of winning the Olympic gold medal.• Saina has been awarded with Padma Shri award in January 2010.• Saina is brand ambassador of Deccan Chargers, an Indian Premier League team owned by Deccan chronicle.• She has also became one of the 8 brand ambassadors of 2010 Commonwealth Games held on New Delhi India.• She got 19 gold medal, 4 silver and 2 bronze between 2003-12.