In the 2023 Asian Games Athletics competition, Vithya Ramraj has matched PT Usha’s national record in the 400m hurdles, securing her spot in the finals.

Asian Games Athletics.

On October 2, 2023, the Asian Games bore witness to an extraordinary performance by Indian athlete Vithya Ramraj. The 25-year-old hurdler achieved a personal best time of 55.42 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles heats, securing her direct qualification for the final. This achievement held particular significance as it equaled the long-standing national record set by Indian track and field legend PT Usha, a record that had remained unbroken for nearly four decades.

Asian Games Athletics.

Vithya’s performance was not just a personal triumph but also a source of national pride. Her time of 55.42 seconds positioned her among the top five athletes who advanced to the final, showcasing India’s enduring prowess in international athletics. This accomplishment came on the heels of her near-miss at the Indian Grand Prix 5 in 2023, where she missed the national record by a mere 0.01 seconds. However, the day was not without its disappointments. Ramraj will be competing in the final on October 3 at 4:50 PM IST.

In contrast, Sinchal Kaveram Theetharamada Ravi, another promising Indian athlete, failed to progress to the final, finishing last in heat 2, marking a setback in her athletic journey.

India has enjoyed considerable success in Athletics, securing a total of 12 medals. India’s tally includes two gold medals, five silvers, and five bronze medals in the discipline.

On October 1, India’s Murali Sreeshankar claimed the silver medal in the men’s long jump event. Sreeshankar recorded his best attempt at 8.19m to secure the silver medal. He finished second behind China’s Wang Jianan, who topped the charts with an 8.22m jump.

Seema Punia secured a bronze medal in the women’s discus throw event, while Nandini Agasara won bronze in the women’s heptathlon.

There was some drama involving Jyothi Yarraji on October 1, as she was initially disqualified but ultimately emerged as the silver medalist in the 100m hurdles.

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