Andhra Pradesh athlete Jyothi Yarraji won the women’s 100m hurdles gold at the Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships on Wednesday. She broke her own meet record of 13.18 seconds set on Tuesday by clocking 12.89 seconds to claim the gold medal. Yarraji has also qualified for the Asian Championships to be held in Bangkok from July 12-16 by beating the qualification standard of 13.63 seconds set by the Athletics Federation of India.
In the same event, R Nithya Ramraj from Tamil Nadu secured second place with a time of 13.44 seconds while Sapna Kumari from Jharkhand came third with 13.58 seconds.
Tejas Ashok Shirse from Maharashtra won the men’s 110m hurdles gold medal with a timing of 13.72 seconds, leaving his competitors far behind.
Twinkle from Punjab will be one to watch out for in the women’s 800m final scheduled for Thursday after she breached the Asian qualifying mark by clocking 2:05.39 in her heat. On the men’s side, only two athletes, Ankesh Chaudhary from Himachal Pradesh and Anu Kumar from Uttarakhand, posted a time below 1 minute 50 seconds in the 800m heats.
Towards the end of the day’s events, rain and thunderstorm hit the Birsa Munda Stadium, causing the floodlights to go out briefly and leaving the entire arena dark. However, as per the officials, the competitions resumed after a brief halt of around 15 minutes.
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