India’s Jyothi Yarraji clinched a bronze medal at the 100 m hurdles event at the World University Games in Chengdu, China on August 4.
The hurdler clocked 12.78 seconds to better her own women’s 100m hurdles national record in the race. The reigning Asian champion had earlier clocked 13.12 seconds and 13.05 seconds in the heats and semifinals, respectively, to enter the eight-woman final.
Yarraji, the only woman from India to record a sub 13-second 100 m hurdles, broke the national record for the ninth time, and was just a whisker away from matching the Paris 2024 Olympics qualifying standard of 12.77 second set for the event.
Slovakia’s Viktoria Forster won Gold with a timing of 12.72 second, while China’s Yanni Wu won silver with 12.76 second. The final on August 4 saw a high-quality race with all three medallists clocking their personal bests. Jyothi’s previous timing of 12.82 second came at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bengaluru in 2022.
Sprinter Amalan Borgohain clocked 20.55 s for the bronze medal in 200 m in Chengdu. His bronze-winning effort was just 0.03 second short of his national record mark set at the Federation Games last year.