National Games 2023: Jyothi Yarraji, Tejas Shirse shine with meet records
Anupama Upadhyaya clinched badminton gold.
Reliance Foundation athletes showcased an outstanding performance at the National Games 2023, securing a total of 30 medals across seven sports. The medal tally comprised a commendable 15 gold, 8 silver, and 7 bronze, reflecting a remarkable display throughout the tournament. Over 40 athletes from Reliance Foundation participated across various sports at this prestigious event.
James Hillier, Athletics Director at Reliance Foundation, expressed satisfaction with the results. “For many of our athletes, this was the final competition of a lengthy season that commenced in April. Sustaining such excellence for seven months is truly impressive,” he remarked.
The success, marked not just by medals but also by numerous personal bests, marks the culmination of a highly successful season, offering a solid foundation for the upcoming year, especially with the Paris Olympics on the horizon.
Celebrating the victories, Jyothi Yarraji claimed a remarkable hat-trick of medals at the National Games. Notably, she set a new meet record in the women’s 100m hurdles, earning gold with a remarkable time of 13.22s. Tejas Shirse, the men’s 110m hurdles favorite, lived up to expectations by clinching gold and setting a new meet record with a time of 13.71s.
Asian Games medalist Gulveer Singh seized gold in the 5000m and a bronze in the 10,000m, displaying prowess in long-distance events. Sprinter Elakkkiyadasan earned gold in the men’s 100m and the men’s 4x100m relay.
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Kishore Kumar Jena, a javelin thrower set for the Paris Olympics, secured bronze, and pole vaulter Baranica Elangovan triumphed with a gold. Several other athletes from Reliance Foundation contributed to the medal tally across various athletics disciplines.
Anupama Upadhyaya claimed the women’s singles gold even before the opening ceremony. Palak Gulia, fresh from the Asian Games, achieved a double Gold in shooting. Athletes Niraj Kumar, Nancy, Mrinal Chauhan, and Ridhi also contributed significantly to the medal haul in shooting and archery.
Ridhi, delighted with her victory, emphasized the importance of this win for her career and expressed her aspirations to win a gold for India at the Olympics. Wrestler Reetika Hooda, after her world Under 23 Championship victory, notably defeated Olympian Divya Kakran in a spectacular display, securing the National Games gold.
Boxer Ankushita Boro and judoka Himanshi Tokas also clinched gold medals, contributing to the overall success of Reliance Foundation athletes in the National Games.