Sports are a big part of India, and the players who represent the game gain celebrity status depending on their performance. While most of the players are judged based on their on-field statistics, it is their contribution to society off the field that determines their status in history.
The Kerala-based coach won four gold medals, and six silver medals during a decorated career for India. All the four gold medals that she won were from the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. Apart from that she is also the holder of the current record for women's fastest 400m hurdle of 55.42 seconds which she achieved at Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Arjuna Award, and Padma Shri. She also won the Best Athlete in Asia award in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989.
She currently coaches young athletes at Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy Kerala. She was chosen by the Kerala State Government to run a sporting school for women and has been doing it till date.