Jyothi Yarraji breaks a new national record and wins gold in the National Open Athletics Championships

Jyothi Yarraji became the first Indian woman to break the 13-second barrier in the women’s 100m hurdles on Monday, setting a new National Record and winning the gold medal at the National Open Athletics Championships 2022 in Bengaluru.

According to the Olympics website, the ace athlete clocked 12.82s (wind +.9 m/s) to break her own national record.

Jyothi Yarraji has reset India’s 100m hurdles national record four times this year. After being denied the National Record several times owing to wind assistance and other causes, the Andhra Pradesh-born runner finally broke it in May 2020, recording 13.23 seconds at the Cyprus International athletics event in Limassol.

She broke Anuradha Biswal’s previous record of 13.38 seconds set in 2002 in Cyprus. Jyothi Yarraji has clocked 13.11 seconds at the Loughborough International in the UK and 13.04 seconds at the Harry Schulting Games in the Netherlands since then.

The 23-year-old recently ran a personal best time of 12.79 seconds to earn gold in her discipline at the National Games in Gujarat, becoming the first Indian woman to run under 13 seconds. However, because the wind assistance surpassed the allowable limit, it was not considered a national record.

Sapna Kumari of Jharkhand won silver with a timing of 13.26 seconds, while Agasara Nandini of Telangana won bronze with a time of 13.51s.

This was the second national record set in the National Open Athletics Championships 2022 this year, following Rosy Meena Paulraj’s rewrite of her own record in the women’s pole vault.

Jyothi Yarraji, together with compatriots Daneshwari AT, Himashree Roy, and C Lekha Anandhan, helped the Railways team win the women’s 4x100m relay later in the day.

(source : ANI)

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