Age: 24 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried
|Making national record in women 100 meters hurdles on 4 August 2023
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|in kilograms- 50 kg
in pounds- 110 lbs
|• Praveen Kumar
• N Ramesh
• James Hillier
|• First woman athlete to finish 100 metres hurdle in less than 13 seconds
• National Record in 100 metres hurdle (12.78 seconds)
• Fastest 100-metre finish in National Games by running 100 metres in 11.51 seconds
• National Games Record in 100 metres hurdle at the 37th National Games (13.22 seconds) Scroll.in
|Emerging Athlete of the Year at the ESPN India Awards 2022
|Date of Birth
|28 August 1999 (Saturday)
|Age (as of 2023)
|Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Port High School, Salagramapuram
|Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
|Bachelor of arts (BA) in history
|On her left arm
|Relationships & More
|Father- Suryanarayana (Security guard in Visakhapatnam’s Diamond Park area)
Mother- Kumari (Domestic helper and a cleaner at a hospital in Visakhapatnam)
|Brother- Suresh Yarraji
Some Lesser Known Facts About Jyothi Yarraji
- Jyothi Yarraji is an Indian athlete who has won medals in various national and international competitions. She has made many records in the 100 metres hurdle events.
- Recognizing her potential due to her tall and lean build, Jyothi’s physical education instructor encouraged her to explore athletics, specifically the hurdles. Acting on this guidance, she embarked on focused training during her 10th standard, leading to numerous victories in school-level competitions.
- In 2015, Jyothi secured a gold medal in the Andhra Pradesh inter-district meet. In November of the same year, she participated in the 100-metre hurdles race at the Indian Under-18 Championships in Ranchi, Jharkhand, though she couldn’t progress to the second round.
- In 2016, she relocated to the SAI Centre in Hyderabad to undergo training under the guidance of coach N Ramesh, an Olympian and recipient of the Dronacharya Award. In June 2016, she took part in the 100-metre hurdles race at the Inter-State Championships in Hyderabad, Telangana, finishing in the sixth position during the initial round. November 2016 marked her achievement of fourth place in the final of the 100-metre hurdles race at the Indian Under-18 Championships in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
- In November 2017, she secured the sixth spot in the final of the 100-metre hurdles race at the Indian Under-20 Championships held in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. In April 2018, she finished in fourth place in the final of the 100-metre hurdles race at the Indian U20 Championships in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The following November, she proudly clinched the bronze in the 100-metre hurdles race at the Indian U20 Championships held in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Her training journey shifted to the Centre of Excellence in Guntur in 2018; however, the centre closed down in 2019 following a change in the state’s government.
- She secured a seventh-place finish in the semi-finals of the 100 metres race and a subsequent gold in the 100 metres hurdles at the All-India Inter-State Championships held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in August 2019. Transitioning to the Odisha Reliance Athletics High-Performance Centre (HPC) in Bhubaneswar in 2019, she was encouraged by British Coach James Hillier, who recognized her potential during the All-India Inter-State Championships in Lucknow. The coach tailored a specialized training plan for her.
- In January 2020, she achieved victory in both the 100 metres race and the 100-metre hurdles at the Indian University Championships in Moodbidri, Karnataka. In February 2020, she exhibited her prowess by securing gold in the 100 metres hurdles race and managing a fourth-place finish in the final of the 100 metres race at the Khelo India University Games held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Despite her selection for the national camp in 2020, the camp was cancelled due to the escalating COVID-19 cases.
- The year 2021 brought injuries that led to a decline in her confidence; however, under the dedicated guidance of Coach James and his team, Jyothi managed to overcome these setbacks and regain her self-assurance. February 2022 marked her triumph in the 100 metres hurdles at the All India Inter-University Championships held in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Subsequently, in April 2022, she secured a gold medal in the 100 metres hurdles and came in seventh during the 200 metres race final at the National Federation Cup held at C H Muhammed Koya Stadium in Thenhipalam, Kerala.
- In January 2022, Jyothi Yarraji set a new record by finishing the 100 metres hurdles at the Indian University Championships in Moodbidri, Karnataka, clocking 13.03 seconds. Yet, this achievement couldn’t be officially acknowledged due to her lack of testing by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the absence of an Athletics Federation of India (AFI) representative during the race, both necessary for official timing.
- In April 2022, she finished the 100 metres hurdles race in the Federation Cup with a remarkable time of 13.09 seconds. Regrettably, this achievement couldn’t be recognized as an official record due to the wind speed being +2.1 metres per second, slightly above the permissible limit of +2.0 metres per second for national records.
- May 2022 proved to be a successful month for her as she clinched gold in the 100-metre events of the Limassol International in Cyprus, Loughborough International in Great Britain, and Harry Schulting Games in the Netherlands. She also won a silver medal in the 100-metre hurdles race at the IFAM Oordegem held in Belgium. During the Limassol International, she established a national record by completing the 100 metres hurdles in an impressive 13.23 seconds. She finished in the seventh position during the finals of the 100 metres hurdles at the National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in June 2022.
- During the race at the Limassol International held in Cyprus in May 2022, Jyothi Yarraji faced an unexpected challenge. Accustomed to the Indian method of starting races with a manual gun, she struggled to identify the electronic starter’s signal and began running only after observing other athletes in motion. This resulted in her being the slowest to react from the starting blocks, with a reaction time of 0.243 seconds.
- In May 2022, she went on to surpass her own record. During the Loughborough International held at Loughborough University Track in Great Britain, she completed the 100 metres hurdles race in an impressive time of 13.11 seconds. Demonstrating remarkable progress, she further refined her performance in the Harry Schulting Games at Vughtse Sports Club Prins Hendrik in the Netherlands, where she achieved a remarkable time of 13.04 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles race.
- Subsequent to her exceptional performance during the Harry Schulting Games, a crucial step was required for her achievement to be officially recognized. The Dutch Anti-Doping Agency official was not present at the time, prompting her coach, James Hillier, to take charge. Within the allotted 24-hour window, he managed to arrange the doping test through a male doping control officer, ensuring the test was concluded by the 22nd hour which secured the ratification of her remarkable timing as a national record.
- During her time in Europe in May 2022, Jyothi Yarraji explored a variety of cuisines. Despite her culinary adventures, she found herself disliking Marmalade, a bittersweet orange jam.
- July 2022 brought her a bronze medal in the 100 metres hurdles at the England Athletics Senior Championships held in Bedford, Great Britain. Competing in the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, she progressed to the first round of the 100 metres hurdles and achieved fifth place in the final of the 4 X 100 metres relay race. August 2022 was notable for her securing silver in both the 100 metres race and the 4 X 100 metres relay race at the All India Inter-Railway Athletics Championship held in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh.
- October 2022 brought a double gold victory in the 100 metres hurdles race and 100 metres race at the 36th National Games held in Gujarat. Later that month, she continued her impressive run with another set of gold medals in both the 100 metres hurdles race and the 4 X 100 metres relay race at the National Open Athletics Championships held at Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
- In the 36th National Games held in Gujarat in October 2022, Jyothi Yarraji became the first Indian woman to complete the 100 metres hurdles race in under 13 seconds, achieving a personal best time of 12.79 seconds; however, due to a wind speed of +2.5 metres per second, exceeding the permissible limit of +2.0 metres per second for national records, this remarkable achievement wasn’t officially recognized as a national record. Additionally, she also set a record for the fastest 100-metre finish in National Games history, clocking 11.51 seconds.
- During the National Open Athletics Championships held at Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka, in October 2022, Jyothi Yarraji set a new national record by completing the 100 metres hurdles race in just 12.82 seconds. The wind speed during the race was measured at 0.9 metres per second.
- On 13 July 2023, Jyothi claimed a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships, completing the 100m hurdles in a commendable time of 13.09 seconds. Sportstar On 4 August 2023, she achieved a bronze medal in the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the World University Games in Chengdu. In doing so, she broke her own national record with an extraordinary finishing time of 12.78 seconds. Intriguingly, she missed qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics by an incredibly narrow margin of 0.01 seconds. Hindustan Times
- On 30 October 2023, she participated in the 37th National Games, held in Goa, India. She won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles race at the event.
- In the same year, she won the silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Asian Games, which was held in Hangzhou, China.
- Jyothi Yarraji began running as a means to provide financial support to her family. During 2015, the collective income of her parents amounted to Rs 18000 per month. In an interview conducted in March 2022, she disclosed that she had been aiding her family by sending them Rs 5000 per month from her earnings in sports.
- In her pursuit of achieving optimal results, she made the decision to forgo indulging in her favourite treats, such as Hyderabad Biryani and Pizza, and committed to the dietary regimen devised by her coach. Her commitment was such that she did not attend her brother’s wedding in May 2022 due to her rigorous training commitments.
- During an interview, she expressed her aspiration to secure an Olympic medal for India. She draws inspiration from prominent figures like the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra.
- She likes to visit temples and travel to different places during her leisure time.