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Good Sports: Hurdler Breaks the 13-second Mark

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2022
Good Sports: Hurdler Breaks the 13-second  Mark

Jyothi Yarraji, a 23-year-old runner from Andhra Pradesh, has become the first Indian woman to break the 13-second mark in the 100-meter hurdles event.

At the recent the 61st National Open Athletics Championships in Bengaluru, Yarraji completed the race in 12.82 seconds, breaking her own national record.

“This was her last race of the season, so I wanted her to finish on a high,” her coach James Hillier told Indian Express. “This 13 second thing, getting under it, can become a monkey on the back if it’s not happened.”

He believes she can trim another two-tenths of a second off her best time. “I don’t like to put a number on it,” he said. “But she’s certainly good enough. And she’s gotta start believing she can do those times. Open her mind. Expand her mind to times she didn’t even dream was possible.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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