Jyothi Yarraji breaks national record, RFYS athletes shine at National Open Athletics Championship 2022

Odisha Reliance Foundation Athletics High Performance Center (HPC) sent a young contingent to participate in the National Open Athletics Championship, followed by the U-23 Nationals conducted in October. Sprinter Jyothi Yarraji broke her own national record in women’s 100m hurdles, while Pragyan Sahu returned with a gold in the 400m hurdles in the U-23 Nationals.

National Open Athletics Championship 2022

The 61st National Open Athletics Championship took place from October 15th to 19th in Bengaluru. Seven Odisha RF Athletics HPC athletes took part across different events and made their presence felt among the best in India.

Jyothi Yarraji was the pick of the HPC athletes, breaking her own national record in the 100m hurdles. She became the first Indian woman to run under 13 seconds, finishing in just 12.82 seconds.

The 23-year-old athlete from Visakhapatnam also bagged a gold in the 4x100m relay with a timing of 44.98 seconds to cap off a memorable campaign.

Meanwhile Moumita Mondal impressed in the 100m hurdles as well, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. Swadhin Majhi from Odisha, who finished seventh in the men’s high jump, will be looking to make progress in upcoming competitions.

Heptathlon athlete Purnima Hembram is progressing rapidly towards a return to competing at the highest level. The two-time Asian Games Bronze Medallist completed her first Heptathlon in three years after surgery and is swiftly getting back to shape.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Lalu Prasad Bhoi, Abhinash Sahu, Aryan Ekka and Amiya Mallick became the first senior team from Odisha to reach the national finals. The quartet missed out on a podium finish by 0.2 seconds but set a State record.


U-23 National Open Athletics Championships 2022

In the 2nd U-23 National Open Athletics Championships, that took place at Bilaspur from October 29th to 31st, 11 Odisha RF Athletics HPC athletes competed and returned with impressive results.

Youngster Aryan Ekka shone in his sprint, making it to the semi-finals of the 200m race. Abhishek Dalabehera and Jayaram competed in the 100m sprint, also making it to the semi-finals. Jayaram, ran a time that now ranks number one in his age category in the country, and will be looking to bag a gold in the Junior Athletic Championship in Guwahati.

Abhinash Sahu, who is making rapid strides as a sprinter, made it to the semi-finals of the 100m run. He recorded his fastest sprint since the inter-state championship in June.

Moumita Mondal suffered a heartbreak in the 100m hurdles as she unfortunately made a false start in the heats.

Long jump athletes Lalu Prasad Bhoi and Sabita Toppo, who will be in Guwahati for the Junior Nationals, used this opportunity to gain great exposure.

Nikhil Das also equalled his personal best with a 2m jump and is rigorously preparing for the Junior Nationals. Das’ 2m record is now the 10th best in the country in men’s high jump.

Manisha Merel, who also competed in Bengaluru at the Senior Nationals, bagged a bronze in women’s long jump. It was followed by a terrific performance from Swadhin Majhi in the men’s high jump, where he equalled a personal best of 2.10 meters for silver medal.

The star of the show in the U-23 Nationals was Pragyan Sahu, who bagged a gold in 400m hurdles on the final day of the event. She finished her sprint in just over a minute (1:00:28) to cap off a brilliant outing for the HPC athletes.

Head coach Martin Owens, Physiotherapist Dr. Lipsa Ray and coach Rohit Mane worked extensively and their noteworthy contributions helped the athletes give their best at the Open Nationals and the U-23 Nationals.

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