A final-minute addition to the athletics crew, Tejaswin Shankar on Wednesday (August 3) turned the primary Indian to win a males’s excessive leap medal within the Commonwealth Video games 2022 as he clinched a bronze within the closing. The nationwide document holder cleared 2.22m to complete third on countback. Donald Thomas of Bahamas and England’s Joel Clarke-Khan additionally cleared 2.22m however they wanted a couple of try to do it whereas Shankar was profitable in single attempt.
Hamish Kerr of New Zealand received the gold whereas Australia’s Brandon Starc clinched the silver. Each cleared 2.25m however couldn’t soar over 2.28m however the Kiwi received the gold on depend again. Brandon is, in truth, the youthful brother of Australian tempo bowler Mitchell Starc.
“I’ve been seeing these guys (Hamish Kerr and Brandon Starc) on TV on a regular basis so simply to share the rostrum with them is spectacular. That is my first feather in my cap so I simply need issues to maneuver ahead from right here,” he added
In ladies’s shot put closing, Manpreet Kaur completed twelfth and final with a disappointing finest throw of 15.69m. The 23-year-old Shankar couldn’t soar over 2.25m in two makes an attempt. He then went for two.28m in his third and closing try in a bid to win a silver however failed.
Earlier than Shankar, the perfect place an Indian had achieved in males’s excessive leap in CWG was by Bhim Singh who cleared 2.06m within the 1970 version in Edinburgh. “I had a protracted (US) collegiate season and began leaping in January however getting a bronze right here is sort of a dream come true and I am simply joyful to take one thing again house with me,” an elated Shankar stated.
Shankar had completed sixth within the 2018 Gold Coast version with a finest leap of two.24m. Shankar, who was added within the Indian athletics squad on the orders of Delhi Excessive Court docket, has a season’s finest of two.27m and private finest of two.29m.
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On July 22, Shankar was cleared to compete on the Commonwealth Video games after the organisers accepted his entry on the request of Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA), ending a month-long drama surrounding his participation. The organisers had initially rejected Shankar’s late entry however the IOA later received affirmation from the Commonwealth Video games Federation (CGF) and Birmingham CWG organisers about acceptance of his entry after a Delegate Registration Assembly (DRM).
Shankar had petitioned the Delhi Excessive Court docket after he was not chosen for the CWG regardless of reaching the qualifying normal set by the AFI. The nationwide federation later advised the Delhi HC that Shankar has been included within the Indian athletics crew rather than 4x400m relay crew member Arokia Rajiv, who was named within the authentic squad.
Initially, the AFI had requested the IOA to extend its quota to accommodate extra athletes. The IOA, in flip, had requested the CWG organisers on this regard.
Shankar had filed a petition on the Delhi Excessive Court docket difficult the choice of the AFI to exclude him from the crew, contending that he reached the qualification pointers of the AFI by leaping 2.27m on the NCAA Championships in USA, the place he’s learning.
(with PTI inputs)