OM Nambiar, PT Usha’s coach, has died

OM Nambiar, a well-known sports coach, died on Thursday in Kozhikode. He was 89 years old.
OM Nambiar is the man who raised PT Usha, one of the greatest athletes of all time.

Padma Shri was bestowed upon him by the nation in 2021. He also received the Dronacharya award in 1985.

Nambiar served in the Indian Air Force for 15 years before retiring as a Sergeant in 1970.

In 1968, he received a coaching diploma from NIS-Patiala, and in 1971, he joined the Kerala Sports Council. He was tasked with locating talented athletes throughout the state.

Shiny Wilson (four-time Olympian and gold medalist in the 800m at the 1985 Asia Championships) and Vandana Rao are among the international medalists he has coached, in addition to Usha.

Shiny Wilson (four-time Olympian and gold medalist in the 800m at the 1985 Asia Championships) and Vandana Rao are among the international medalists he has coached, in addition to Usha.
Nambiar’s “lifetime dream” was to win an Olympic medal for his most famous ward, Usha.
During his mentorship from 1977 to 1990, he shaped Usha into one of India’s finest athletes.

Usha first came under Nambiar’s tutelage in 1977, when she won a race in a selection trial for a sports school in Kannur.

Nambiar also helped Usha prepare for the 400m hurdles in 1984. She had previously run the 100m, 200m, and 400m.

Under Nambiar’s tutelage, Usha also won four gold medals at the 1986 Asian Games (in the 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, and 4x400m relay).

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