In a momentous day for Indian athletics, star athletes Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain etched their names in the record books by securing India’s first-ever medals in the track and field events at the World University Games (WUG). The historic triumph unfolded at Chengdu on a memorable Friday, as Yarraji claimed the bronze medal in the women’s 100m hurdles, while Borgohain picked up a bronze in the men’s 200m, each bringing immense pride and joy to the nation.
23-year-old Jyothi Yarraji put forth an electrifying performance, clocking an impressive 12.78 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles final. In doing so, she not only clinched the bronze medal but also surpassed her own national record time of 12.82 seconds, which she had set in October 2022. Viktoria Forster of Slovakia secured the gold medal with a time of 12.72, while Yanni Wu of China took the silver with a time of 12.76.
The 25-year-old Amlan Borgohain, a national record holder himself, delivered a stellar performance in the men’s 200m race. He blazed through the track with a season’s best time of 20.55 seconds, narrowly missing his own national record of 20.52. Tsebo Isadore Matsoso of South Africa claimed the gold medal with a time of 20.36, while Yudai Nishi of Japan settled for the silver in 20.46.
Before Friday’s historic wins, India had managed to secure just four medals in track and field events at the prestigious World University Games. Notably, the only medal in sprint races had been won by the celebrated Dutee Chand, who clinched the 100m gold in the 2019 edition of the Games held in Naples, Italy.
With these exceptional performances, Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain have elevated Indian athletics to new heights, breaking barriers and creating new milestones. Their tenacity, dedication, and exceptional talent have opened a new chapter in the nation’s sporting legacy, inspiring countless aspiring athletes across the country.
The incredible achievements of Yarraji and Borgohain propelled India’s medal tally at the World University Games to an impressive 11 gold, 5 silver, and 9 bronze medals, placing the nation at a commendable fourth spot in the overall standings. China, Korea, and Japan occupy the top positions in the medals tally.
Indian athletics’ first-ever medal at the World University Games came in the 2013 edition in Kazan, Russia, where shot putter Inderjeet Singh secured a silver. Inderjeet went on to win gold in the 2015 edition in Gwangju, South Korea. In the 2017 edition in Taipei, Sanjivani Jadhav secured a silver in the 10,000m race before Dutee Chand clinched the historic 100m gold in 2019 in Naples, Italy.
The nation rejoices in the momentous achievements of Jyothi Yarraji and Amlan Borgohain, celebrating their exceptional performances and groundbreaking victories at the World University Games. As they stand proudly on the podium with their bronze medals, they exemplify the true spirit of Indian sportsmanship and inspire a nation to strive for greatness on the global stage of athletics.