During childhood, she witnessed poverty and battled ill health at various stages.
She entered on the back of a string of good performances at the year's New Delhi inter-state meet and Mumbai Open National Championships. Her medals at the same meet is a record for a single athlete in a single international meet.
She was awarded the Arjuna Award in and the Padma Shree in In she won gold medal in m. At the senior inter-state meet in Bangalore inUsha clocked The idea was that she could then get a job as a sports instructor.
In an interview with Rediff.