India's Jyothi Yarraji displayed a remarkable performance at the FISU World University Games in Chengdu, China, winning a bronze medal in the women's 100m hurdles. The 23-year-old from Visakhapatnam improved her own National Record with a timing of 12.78 seconds, surpassing her gold medal-winning performance of 12.82 seconds at the 61st National Open Athletics Championship in Bengaluru last year. Although falling just short of the Paris Olympics qualifying mark of 12.77 seconds, Jyothi's achievement showcased her talent and determination on the international stage.
In the same event, China's Wu Yanni secured the silver medal with a timing of 12.76 seconds, while Slovakia's Viktoria Forster claimed the gold with a time of 12.72 seconds.
Another national record holder sprinter, Amlan Borgohain, added to India's medal tally by winning a bronze medal in the men's 200m race with a season's best time of 20.55 seconds. The 25-year-old narrowly missed his own national record of 20.52 seconds, but his outstanding performance earned him a place on the podium.
In the men's hammer throw, Ajay Kumar produced a personal best of 65.99m, finishing in the 11th position. Sathya Tamilarasan secured the seventh spot in the women's pole vault with a height of 3.60m. Susmita Tigga participated in the women's 3000m steeple chase and finished in the 13th position, while her teammate Bhagyashree Lahanu Navale unfortunately could not complete the event.
India's medal tally at the FISU World University Games now stands at 11 gold, 5 silver, and 9 bronze medals, placing them at the fourth spot in the overall standings. China leads the medals tally, followed by Korea and Japan.
In the men's javelin throw, Vikrant Malik (71.15m) and Anuj Kalera (69.49m) successfully qualified for the final after the qualification round. However, in the women's 1500m event, Laxita Sandilea (4:36.51) and Shivechha Vikas Patil (4:52.00) finished 11th in their respective heats and could not progress further.
The performances of Indian athletes at the FISU World University Games highlight their talent, dedication, and potential to compete at the highest level of international athletics. As they continue to shine on the global stage, they inspire a new generation of athletes and bring pride to the nation.