Jyothi Yarraji’s National Record and Bronze Triumph at FISU World University Games 2023


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Jyothi Yarraji of India set a new national record in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 12.78 seconds on Friday at the FISU World University Games 2023 in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China.

Jyothi Yarraji’s last run improved on her previous national record of 12.82 seconds set at the 2022 National Open Championships by 0.04 seconds.

The defending Asian champion had previously run 13.12s and 13.05s in the heats and semi-finals to qualify for the eight-woman final.

Viktoria Forster of Slovakia won gold with a personal best of 12.72, while China’s Wu Yanni grabbed silver with 12.76. Jyothi Yarraji was within a tenth of a second short from meeting the qualifying requirement for the Paris 2024 Olympics of 12.77 seconds.

This was India’s second medal in the Chengdu meet, following Bhavani Bhagavathi Yadav’s bronze in the women’s long jump on Wednesday.

Tejaswin Shankar, who won bronze in the Commonwealth Games, did not win a medal in the men’s high jump event on Thursday.

Later in the day, Amlan Borgohain earned a third medal with a bronze in the men’s 200m. The Indian runner finished in 20.55 seconds, barely 0.03 seconds slower than his personal best and national record, trailing South Africa’s Isadore Tsebo Matsoso (20.36) and Japan’s Yudai Nishi (20.46).

Earlier in the day, Tamilarasan Sathya of India finished eighth in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.60 metres. Sindhushree Ganesha, who was participating in the same event, did not post a time.

Susmita Tigga finished 13th in the women’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:10.77, while compatriot Bhagyashree Navale did not finish the race.

India already has 25 medals from the FISU World University Games 2023, with 11 gold, five silver, and nine bronze. India’s shooting team took home 14 medals, including eight gold, four silver, and two bronze.

Around 230 Indian athletes are competing in Chengdu at the World University Games. The multi-sport competition will end on August 8.

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