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Jyothi Yarraji creates new record, first Indian woman to run sub-13s hurdles

Jyothi Yarraji celebrates her national record-breaking time at the Harry Schulting Games James Hillier

Jyothi Yarraji became the first Indian woman to clock a legal sub-13 second time in the 100m Hurdles, as she won in 12.82 seconds at the National Open Athletics Championship in Bengaluru on Monday.

The wind gauge read 0.9 m/s meaning it was well within the permissible limits. The 23-year-old had run 12.79 seconds in the National Games last week, but that had been ruled out due to the headwind behind her.

She had already owned the meet mark with 13.18 seconds in the heats, bettering the record of 13.38 seconds set by Anuradha Biswal in Chennai 20 years ago. In the final, she hit the front by the time the seven athletes got to the second hurdle and was a comfortable winner.

The Railways star, who hails from Andhra Pradesh and trains in Bhubaneswar, capped a fine season, with a fumble only at the National Inter-State Championships in Chennai in June. She thus became the second fastest Asian in the event this year and earned a place just outside the continent's all-time Top 10 list.

It was the third time this year that she rewrote the National record. She broke Biswal's record with 13.11 in Loughborough University on May 22. Four days later, she raised the bar to 13.04 seconds in Vught, Netherlands. Earlier, she had had a 13.09-second effort in the Federation Cup in Kozhikode but was denied by excessive wind speed.

Late on Sunday evening, Parshant Singh Kanhiya (Railways) claimed the men's Pole Vault meet record when he cleared 5.15m. S Siva, who broke his own National record in the recent National Games, cleared 5.00m to finish second.