Hurdles sensation Yarraji draws positives from an eventful season

Coming into this season Jyothi Yarraji was looking to build on a very successful 2022 where she broke the national 100m hurdles record multiple times. And she managed to do exactly that by stepping up and winning medals at major events such as the Asian Games and the Asian Championships.

India’s Jyothi Yarraji celebrates after winning a silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the 19th Asian Games, in Hangzhou (PTI)

If anything, her only disappointment from the year would be failing to meet the qualifying standard for the Paris Olympics.

At the World University Games in Chengdu, Yarraji clocked 12.78s to set a new national best but fell well short of the Paris qualification mark of 12.77s. However, she quickly moved on, winning a silver medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou (12.91s). He came on the back of his Asian Championships gold and World University bronze.

The Asian Games was one of the biggest moments of her career. Despite a strange disqualification for jumping the gun in the final, Yarraji stood his ground and protested strongly. Then, she quickly regained her focus and finished on the podium.

“The Asian Games medal was very satisfying and made me believe in my abilities and what we are doing in training. I know I need to improve in all aspects, strength, endurance, hurling and take it one step at a time. consistency,” Yarraji said.

“It’s been a long season for me and I’ve learned so much this year. I have so much to look forward to next season and qualify for the Olympic Games in Paris. I feel positive.”

She knows that next season will be a different challenge and now that she is giving good performances on the international stage, there will be more expectations of her.

“Every season is different and every time I race from now on, I know people will expect me to win a medal. There will be more pressure. It means being more responsible. It won’t be easy but I will have to handling. The experience of competing at the highest level this year, at the World Championships, the Asian Games, will help,” she says.

The long season has now come to an end for Yarraji as she participated in the National Games where she won gold in the 100m hurdles (13.22s). She competed in 12 events this year and still had the energy to race in Goa.

“The Nationals don’t happen every year so it’s a rare honor to be a champion at home. I wanted to see how my body would respond at the end of the season when it’s been through so much. I didn’t take no pressure and they wanted to compete.”

“I will take a break for a few weeks now and start early for the next season because it will be big with the Paris Olympics scheduled.”

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