On Friday, Indian athlete Jyothi Yarraji secured the bronze medal in the 100m hurdles event at the World University Games in Chengdu. Remarkably, she also broke her own national record, marking India’s inaugural 100m hurdles medal at the event.
In the men’s event, national record holder Amlan Borgohain also earned India’s 1st 200m medal at the World University Games, taking bronze with a season’s best time of 20.55 seconds. India has only won four medals in track and field competitions at the World University Games up until Friday. Prior to Yarraji and Borgohain’s bronze medals on Friday, only Dutee Chand had earned a medal in sprint events at the World University Games in 2019.
The 23-year-old Yarraji beat her previous national mark of 12.82 seconds that she had set in October 2022 by clocking 12.78 seconds to place third in the women’s 100m hurdles finals.
India currently has 11 gold, 5 silver, and 9 bronze medals after winning the two medals on Friday, placing them in fourth position overall. The top three on medal table are China, Korea, and Japan.
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