* PT Usha started her career with a scholarship of Rs 250. Usha had faced poverty and ill health as a child. But her talent won her a scholarship of Rs 250 per month, allowing her to study in a sports school in Kannur, Kerala, where she trained .
* She is also known as the "Queen of Track and Field" in India.
* She is also nicknamed as "Payyoli Express".
* She won multiple medals at the 1979 National Games and 1980 Inter-state meet leading to setting a national record.