NEW DELHI: Jyoti Yaraji broke the women’s 100m hurdles national record for the second time in less than two weeks, winning the event at the Loughborough International Athletics Meet in the UK on Sunday.
Jyoti, 22, clocked 13.11 seconds under the permissible wind speed of +0.3m/s, bettering her earlier national record of 13.23, which she clocked on May 10 during the Cyprus International Meet in Limassol.
The Andhra athlete, who trains under Joseph Hillier at the Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High Performance Center in Bhubaneswar, bettered Anuradha Biswal’s national mark of 13.38 which had stood since 2002.
This happened a month after his national record attempt did not count due to wind aid being beyond the legal limit. She clocked 13.09 s during the Federation Cup in Kozhikode last month, but it was not counted as the national record as the wind speed was +2.1 m/s, higher than the permissible +2.0 m/s.
In 2020 too, Jyoti had gone below Biswal’s national record time as she clocked 13.03 seconds at the All India Inter-University Athletics Championships in Moodbidri, Karnataka.
But it was not even counted as NR as the National Anti-Doping Agency did not test him in the meeting and there was no technical representative from the Athletics Federation of India.
Jyoti comes from a humble background as her father Suryanarayan is working as a private security guard and her mother Kumari is a domestic help.
Another Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics HPC trainee Amlan Borgohain, who broke the national record during the Kozhikode Federation Cup, finished fifth in the 200m race with a timing of 21.27 seconds.
The 24-year-old from Assam clocked 20.52 seconds in Kozhikode.
In other results, national record holder Siddhant Thingalaya finished second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.97.
National swimmer-turned-hurdler from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Grayson Amaldas won the junior men’s 110m hurdles in guest race in 13.91s.
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