Jyothi Yarraji breaks own national record, wins bronze at World University Games

Star Indian athlete Jyothi Yarraji bettered her own national record time and won India`s first ever 100m hurdles medal — a bronze — at the World University Games here on Friday.

The 23-year-old clocked 12.78, as compared to her previous record of 12.82 seconds which she had achieved in October 2022, to finish third in the women`s 100m hurdles final.

Viktoria Forster of Slovakia won the gold medal, clocking 12.72, while Yanni Wu of China took the silver with a time of 12.76.

Another national record holder sprinter, Amlan Borgohain also won India`s first ever 200m medal at the World University Games as he picked a bronze medal with a season`s best time of 20.55 seconds.

The 25-year-old missed his own national record of 20.52 by a whisker.

Tsebo Isadore Matsoso of South Africa won the gold with a time of 20.36 while Yudai Nishi of Japan was second in 20.46.

With the two medals on Friday, India has now won 11 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze, placed at fourth spot in the standings. China is on top of the medals tally, followed by Korea and Japan.

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Indian athletics` first medal at the World University Games came in the 2013 edition in Kazan, Russia, where shot putter Inderjeet Singh won a silver. Inderjeet went on to win a gold in the 2015 edition in Gwangju, South Korea.

In the 2017 edition in Taipei, Sanjivani Jadhav won a silver in 10,000m race before Dutee Chand clinched a 100m gold in 2019 in Naples, Italy.

(With PTI inputs)

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