Jyothi Yarraji & Amlan Borgohain shine at a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger meeting in Germany

The 23-year-old Jyothi Yarraji set a season-best time of 12.84s in the Final A by winning the World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger meet.

Jyothi Yarraji at the National Games 2022 (Image Credits - Instagram/ @jyothi_yarraji_)
By Abhiruchi Rout | May 28, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

At the 2023 Kurpfalz Gala athletics event held in Weinheim, Germany, Indian athletes Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain took top honors in the tournament. Yarraji clinched the gold in women’s 100m hurdles, and Borgohain took the top spot in men’s 200m race. The event was held at Sepp-Herberger-Stadion, Weinheim, on May 27, 2023.

The 23-year-old Jyothi Yarraji set a season-best time of 12.84s in the Final A by winning the World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger meet, and narrowly missed her national record of 12.82s by a mere 0.02 seconds. She entered the final after leading the heats with a time of 13.11s. Earlier in the month, she achieved a time of 12.89s at the 2023 Federation Cup in Ranchi, surpassing the Asian Championships qualifying standard of 13.63s set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). Another Indian athlete, Sapna Kumari, ranked sixth in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.81s at the same event. The silver medal went to Victoria Rausch of Luxembourg (13.44s) and Germany’s Selina von Jackowski (13.47s) took bronze.

In the men’s 200m category, Amlan Borgohain bagged the gold medal, clocking a season-best time of 20.66s. The 25-year-old holds the national record in this event with a time of 20.52s. However, Borgohain’s performance in the men’s 100m race was less impressive as he finished 11th with a time of 10.52s. Previously, the Assam-based runner had clinched both the 100m and 200m titles with times of 10.53s and 20.78s, respectively, at the Indian Grand Prix 4 2023 held in Bangalore.

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Jyothi Yarraji – The record-breaker in women’s hurdles

Jyothi Yarraji set a new standard in Indian athletics by breaking the national record for 100m hurdles previously held by Anuradha Biswal, running a time of 13.23s on May 10, 2022. Subsequently, on October 17, 2022, she made history by becoming the first Indian female hurdler to clock under 13 seconds, establishing herself as the year’s second fastest Asian in women’s 100m hurdles, and ranking 11th in all-time Asian performances.

As 2023 began, Yarraji continued her record-breaking streak in indoor 60m hurdles, setting a new national record five times. Furthermore, she claimed a silver medal at the 2023 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana, demonstrating her prowess on the international stage. In addition to her individual achievements, Yarraji also showcased her skills at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, where she represented India in the 100m hurdles. Moreover, as part of the Indian Women’s 4 X 100m relay team, she helped the team secure a commendable fifth place in the finals.

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