PT Hasha shared a photo with Neeraj Chopra and congratulated him on his achievement.


New Delhi:

Among the millions who congratulated Neeraj Chopra on winning gold at India’s first Olympics in athletics was the legendary sprinter PT Haasha, who missed out on the stage at the 1st Games with a whisker.


“Today, after 37 years, my unfinished dream has come true. Thanks to my son Neeraj_Chopra 1 # Tokyo2020,” Mrs. Hasha tweeted with a picture of her and Neeraj Chopra.

Sasha, dubbed the “Payley Express” for her great track speed, came close to winning a medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

In making the Games, Sasha hoped to win silver medals in the 100m and 200m sprint at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.

At the Asian Championships the following year, he set his first Asian record and won gold in the 400 meters.


After this feat, he moved to the 400-meter hurdles. At the 1984 Olympics, he raised expectations by losing to US favorite Judy Brown in the semifinals.

The m00m hurdles event had to be restarted after Debbie Flintoff of Australia unknowingly started untimely.

When the race started, Mrs. Hash started slowly but soon picked up speed. Romania’s Cristiana Kojokaru ended the race by referring to Mrs. Haasha as the “Critical Head Deep” on the Olympic website.

He later won gold at the Asian Games and the Asian Championships. The Padma Shri awardee now runs an academy for emerging athletes in Kerala.


Despite not finding a place on the Olympic podium, Mrs. Hasha inspired a future generation of Indian women athletes who went on to make the country proud on the world stage.


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