Jyothi Yarraji bettered her own record to win the gold medal in women’s 100m hurdles in the ongoing Federation Cup 2023 Athletics event at Birsa Munda Stadium in Ranchi on Wednesday.
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Andhra Pradesh’s Yaraji set the tournament record by clocking 13.18 seconds in the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles to breach the Asian Championships qualifying standard. She bettered this record by clocking 12.89 seconds in the final. Jyothi however was just short of her own national record of 12.82. Later during the day, Jyoti returned and topped her competition in the 200m heats. She clocked 23.47 seconds to qualify for the final. This mark was also better than the Asian Championships qualifying standards.
On the other hand, R Nithya Ramraj (13.44s) and Sapna Kumari (13.58s) with their second and third places in the 100m hurdles also booked a place in the 2023 Asian Athletics Championships, which will begin in Bangkok on June 12 to June 16.
Meanwhile, three more finals happened on the last day of the Federation Cup 2023. Tejas Ashok Shirse won the gold medal in the men’s 100m hurdles in 13.72 seconds. The Maharashtra racer broke the previous meet record of 13.65 seconds set by Siddhanth Thingalaya in 2012. While in the women’s discus throw, Shalini Chaudhary won with a throw of 49.35m. In men’s hammer throw Punjab’s Damneet Singh won with a throw of 64.91m.
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14 finals were played on the second day of the Federation Cup 2023, in which 27 athletes qualified for continental athletics events. On Monday also 20 athletes breached the qualifying standards. Earlier, Olympian and javelin thrower Annu Rani crossed the Asian Games 2022 qualification mark set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to win gold on the second day of the Federation Cup 2023 athletics event in Ranchi.