India’s Jyothi Yarraji saw her bronze medal upgrade into silver in the women’s 100m hurdles on Sunday, October 1. This upgrade was seen after a ruling on a controversial false start by China’s Yanni Wu by the officials of the events.
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While the race saw some drama as Yanni Wu started prior to the official start and after being shown the disqualification card, also put the allegation on the Indian athlete Yarraji of some false movement. However, Yarraji was also shown the disqualification card, but the referee decided to commence the race with all athletes and later decide on the false start controversy.
Later, the Chinese, who finished first was disqualified, with her compatriot being upgraded to gold and Yarraji taking the silver. After the final results, the Chinese athlete Yanni Wu has now apologised to the Indian and accepted her mistake. “To the Indian player Jyothi Yarraji, who was next to me, there was a misjudgement and I’m really sorry,” she wrote on Chinese social media website Weibo.