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Explained: Why Jyothi Yarraji's medal was upgraded to Silver despite finishing third in women's 100m hurdle

India added 15 medals to their kitty on Sunday, October 15 out of which three were Gold, 7 Silver and five Bronze. However, it could have been six silver and six bronze as India's Jyothi Yarraji was upgraded in a very late call as she ensured a podium finish in the women's 100m hurdle finals.

Written By: Anshul Gupta @oyegupta_ New Delhi Updated on: October 02, 2023 6:08 IST
India's Jyothi Yarraji won a Silver medal in women's 100m
Image Source : PTI India's Jyothi Yarraji won a Silver medal in women's 100m hurdle final but it was a late call by the officials

Indian contingent added three Gold, seven Silver and five Bronze medals to their tally on Day 8 as Track and Field accounted for a memorable day for the country in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China with nine out of them. India's medal tally now stands at 53 which includes 13 Gold, 21 Silver and 19 Bronze but if not for the officials' alertness on Sunday, October 1, it could have been 20 Silver and as many Bronze.

India's one of the medal contenders in Track and Field, Jyothi Yarraji was expected to end up on the podium in the women's 100m hurdle race but it seemed like she was going to get disqualified from the race altogether. It was a false start as one of the athletes had started even before the clap. The replays showed that China's Yanni Wu was the culprit, who head rose even before the clap.

However, after Wu, it was Yarraji, whose head rose above everyone else and there was confusion regarding the same. Wu was clearly before time and the officials were considering disqualifying Yarraji too before she protested. The conversation went on for a few minutes before it was decided that they would let the race happen and then take the final call.

The race happened and China's Yuwei Lin finished first recording her personal best of 12.74 seconds. Coincidentally both Wu and Yarraji also finished in medal positions in second and third respectively. It seemed like that were the final standings before the decision was made to disqualify Wu, who clearly took off before the clap.

Hence, Yarraji, who clocked 12.91 seconds was upgraded to the Silver medal from bronze while Japan's Yumi Tanaka, who had finished fourth was all of a sudden on the podium with a timing of 13.04 seconds.

India Tv - Women's 100m Hurdle race final standings

Image Source : HANGZHOU WEBSITEWomen's 100m Hurdle race final standings

Yarraji's Silver was one of the nine medals India won on Day 8 in Track and Field. Out of 53 medals, Track and Field has contributed for 12 while Shooting remains at the top with 22.

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