World University Games 2023: Jyothi Yarraji shatters own 100m hurdles national record to win bronze
Amlan Borgohain also produced his season best performance to win bronze medal in men’s 200m event.
India’s national record holders, Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain clinched bronze medals in women’s 110m hurdles and men’s 200m events respectively at the World University Games 2023 held in Chengdu, China. The former, on her way to a bronze medal finish, broke her own national record by clocking 12.78 seconds. The 22-year-old missed out the Paris Olympics Games 2024 qualification mark by a mere 0.01 seconds but put up a top-notch performance.
Jyothi did not have a good start in the final but managed to catch up after the first few hurdles to eventually finish third. Earlier in the day, Jyothi recorded 13.05 seconds and finished first in semi-finals heats. Slovakia’s Forster and home country’s Wu Yanni finished first and second respectively.
In the men’s 200m, Amlan Borgohain clocked his season best performance by clocking 20.55 seconds. The athlete from Assam recorded 20.57 seconds in semi-finals to finish second in his respective heats. He went up further in final further reducing the time to finish third.
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This season has been Amlan’s best in 200m event. He has gone below the 21 seconds mark close to seven times. In the recently concluded National Interstates championships, Amlan clocked 20.71 seconds and further strengthened his place as the nation’s top sprinter.
Among the other Indians in the fray, Ajay Kumar finished 11th in men’s hammer throw after putting in his personal best mark of 65.99m.
After a flurry of medals in the opening few days, India has clinched two bronze medals today with the overall medals tally adding upto 25. Athletics alone has produced three medals (all bronze) at the World University Games 2023.