In his first international outdoor event since the Tokyo Games, Murali Sreeshankar won the gold in Greece with an impressive jump of 8.36m.
India’s M Sreeshankar wins long jump gold medal in Grece (Photo Courtesy: Athletics Federation of India Twitter)
- Murali Sreeshankar won the gold with an impressive effort of 8.36m
- Sreeshankar had set a new national record only last month
- Jeswin Aldrin finished 5th at Iberoamerican Meeting in Spain
Star long jumper Murali Sreeshankar won the gold medal at the 12th edition of the International Jumping Meeting in Greece with an impressive effort of 8.31m, a month after he set the national record of 8.36m.
Murali Sreeshankar was one of the only 3 jumpers who crossed the 8m mark in the 10-man field in Greece on Wednesday, May 25. it was Sreeshankar’s first outdoor international meet after the Tokyo Olympics where he recorded a best effort of 7.69m.
Sweeden’s Thobias Montler claimed silver with an 8.27m jump, and Jules Pommery of France bagged the bronze with an 8.17m effort.
Sreeshankaar came up with jumps of 7.88 and 7.71 metres before leaping 8.31 metres to take the gold medal.
Sreeshankar came into the competition on the back of his excellent domestic form where he repeatedly breached the 8m mark. The Kerala athlete logged 8.14m and 8.17m at the season-opening Indian Open Jumps Competitions in Thiruvanthapuram before breaking his own national record at the Federation Cup in Kozhikode after a close battle with Tamil Nadu’s Jeswin Aldrin.
Sreeshankar consistently jumping far. in 12th International Jumps Meeting , Kallithea, Greece, event part of World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze. Performance 8.31 meters, Legal wind @Adille1 @Media_SAI @WorldAthletics @KritikaBhasin13 pic.twitter.com/oY1Xj93gSc
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) May 25, 2022
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20-year-old Indian jumper Jeswin Aldrin, meanwhile, finished at the 5th spot after he hit the 7.69m mark at the 17th Iberoamerican Meeting in Huelva, Spain.
Filip Pravdiva of Croatia (7.91m), Uruguay’s Emiliano Lasa (7.82m) and Peruvian José Luis Mandros (7.77m) completed the top three of the seven-man field. (With PTI inputs).