63-year-old Gen Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 other armed forces personnel died on Wednesday after the military helicopter they were travelling in crashed near Coonoor.
Walking down the memory lane, 'Payyoli Express' Usha told how crowd support came to her rescue during her first 100m race in the 1977 National Games in Thiruvananthapuram.
Amit Khatri clocked 42 minutes 17.94 seconds to achieve the feat while Heristone Wanyonyi of Kenya clinched the gold after recording a time of 42.10.84.
Several people from different walks of life, including political leaders, paid homage to Nambiar who is considered among the greatest coaches the country has ever seen.
It was something that we had always dreamed about and nearly achieved at the Los Angeles Games so many years ago.
Nambiar faced huge hardship to complete his education but kept striving to succeed in life.
Nambiar, who has been battling Parkinson's disease for some time, was 89. Usha had recently met him to check on his health and also to discuss how India had finally won an Olympic medal in athletics.
The 'Payyoli Express' as PT Usha was fondly known during her athletic career, was a raw talent picked by the great coach OM Nambiar from Payyoli village.
PT Usha congratulated Neeraj Chopra after he won India's maiden Olympic track and field gold in javelin throw at Tokyo 2020.
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There is this popular idiom - So near, yet so far. That's something many Indian athletes over the years have learnt the hard way, especially at showpiece events like the Olympics.
The 22-year-old was then among the Indian athletes set to be sent by the Athletics Federation of India to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for international meets.
PT Usha said Milkha Singh always told aspiring athletes that there was no substitute for hard work and dedication.
The 56-year-old Usha, who won 11 medals in the Asian Games, including four gold in the 1986 edition, said sportspersons should not be ignored in the vaccination process.
Other members of the junior committee are Soma Biswas, Anand Menzes, Satbir Singh, Sandeep Sarkaria, Sunita Rani, Rama Chandran, Joseph Abraham, Harwant Kaur, M D Valsama and Kamal Ali Khan.
Dutee had clocked a timing of 11.32 seconds in her 100m event.