Jyothi Yarraji won a gold medal and created a new national record at the National Open Athletics Championship 2022. Yarraji became the first Indian woman to clock under 13 seconds in women’s 100-metre hurdles.
The athlete beat her own national record when she clocked 12.82 seconds in the 100m hurdles. This marked the fourth time Jyothi Yarraji set India’s 100m hurdles national record. She was denied the national record multiple times due to wind assistance and other factors.
Yarraji first set the record in May 2020 when she clocked 13.23 seconds at the Cyprus International athletics meet. She surpassed Anuradha Biswal’s record of 13.38 seconds.
Jyothi Yarraji Sets National Record
Then, the athlete clocked 13.11 seconds at the Loughborough International in the United Kingdom. A few weeks later, she set the record once again when she clocked 13.04 seconds at Harry Schulting Games in the Netherlands.
The 23-year-old athlete had previously taken part in the National Games in Gujarat, where she clocked 12.79 seconds and won the gold medal. It made her the first Indian woman to run under 13 seconds in her discipline. However, since the wind assistance exceeded the permitted threshold, it was not considered a national record.
Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, the athlete trains in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Yarraji took the gold medal at the National Open Athletics Championship 2022 with a time of 12.82 seconds. Athlete Sapna Kumari, hailing from Jharkhand took home the silver medal with a time of 13.26 seconds. Telangana’s Agasara Nandini won the bronze medal with a time of 13.51 seconds.
The Railways star had previously set three national records and helped the Railways win a gold medal at the 4x100m relay race. She took part in the relay race with her colleagues Daneshwari AT, Himashree Roy, and C Lekha. The four contributed to the team’s victory in the relay race.
The track and field athlete specialises in 100m hurdles and had previously represented India in the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Earlier this year, she took part in the National Games and won two gold medals. One in 100 metres and another in 100 metres hurdles.