Murali Shreeshankar duly delivered on the country’s hopes when he won a silver medal in the men’s long jump at the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Thursday. After Neeraj Chopra was banned from the Birmingham spectacle, all eyes were on Shreeshankar to top the Indian athletics squad to lead.
Previously, the 23-year-old had finished seventh in the recently concluded TBEN Championship, and so there was a lot of hope from Shreeshankar making an incredible turnaround in the final.
Shreeshankar saved his best for the last time and in his fifth attempt, he jumped 8.08 meters to jump from seventh to second.
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In fact, the youngster from Palakkad, Kerala, was incredibly unlucky to miss out on the gold medal as he tied for first place at 8.08m, but Bahama’s Laquan Nairn took the gold medal as he had a better second jump from 7.94 had been compared to 7.84 meters by Sreeshankar.
Watch Murali Shreeshankar’s incredible jump of 8.08 meters:
History created by Murali Sreeshankar!!
1st evr men’s long jump medal in CWG. What a jump!! Great display of perseverance!!
Achievg 8.08m in 5th attempt win medal..Hardly missing gold#Long Jump #MuraliSreeshankar #CommonwealthGames2022 pic.twitter.com/0CkQhz1799 #long jump— Raj (@Raj__chautala) August 5, 2022
This is India’s second medal in athletics at Birmingham 2022, after Tejaswin Shankar won bronze in the high jump on Wednesday.
This medal stands at 19 of India’s total medals at these Commonwealth Games – 5 gold, 7 silver and 7 silver.
South African Jovan van Vuuren took the bronze medal with a best effort of 8.06 meters.
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This is India’s first silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Commonwealth Games and the second medal in the discipline after Suresh Babu won bronze in Edmonton, Canada in 1978.
The last Indian to win a long jump medal at the Commonwealth Games was Anju Bobby George, who won the bronze medal in the women’s long jump in 2002.
Muhammad Anees Yahiya, the other Indian in the men’s long jump final, finished fifth with a best effort of 7.97 metres.
With input from IANS