After winning the silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 19th Asian Games amid a false start controversy on Sunday, Jyothi Yarraji said cheating should not be appreciated in any sport. While speaking to ANI, the Indian hurdler accepted that it was a terrible experience for her but in the end she was happy as she later won the silver medal. “It was a horrible experience, I just want to say that cheating should not be appreciated in any sport. After a lot of drama, I finally won the silver medal and I am happy because this was my first Asian Games,” Yarraji told ANI. .
Explaining the situation, Jyothi Yarraji said she was focusing on running the best time in the race, but the officials gave her a false start warning. The Indian athlete added that her team protested and was later awarded the silver medal.
Yarraji added that she felt sad for the Chinese hurdler as she performed well to reach this stage.
“Actually, before the start of the race, I was trying to concentrate on the best timing and suddenly they gave me the false start warning. I was shocked and after the race we protested. I felt sorry for the Chinese athlete even though she performed well to to come here, but we have to accept what it is. Now I’m going to give myself a week of rest and then start preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris,” Yarraji added.
The 24-year-old Indian hurdler was initially awarded the bronze medal. However, China’s Wu Yanni was disqualified after the race, resulting in Yarraji’s medal being upgraded to silver.
Yarraji clocked a time of 12.91 seconds to secure the silver medal in the women’s 100m hurdles final. China’s Yuwei Lin took the gold medal with a time of 12.74 seconds, while Japan’s Yumi Tanaka took the bronze.
Yanni Wu, who finished the race in second place, was disqualified due to a false start.
Initially, the race officials demanded that both the Indians and the Chinese be disqualified for false starts, which Yarraji and the Indian contingent strongly opposed.
After much discussion, the two athletes were allowed to participate in the judged race.
The judging process continued after the race, delaying the formal announcement of the results. Later, due to Wu’s penalty for false starts in accordance with TR16.8, Yarraji was awarded the silver medal.
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