Murali Sreeshankar clinched a silver in males’s lengthy soar occasion to provide India a second medal in athletics on the Commonwealth Video games 2022 on Thursday (August 4). The 23-year-old nationwide file holder soared to eight.08m in his fifth try to complete second behind Laquan Nairn of Bahamas in a nerve-wrecking males’s lengthy soar ultimate.
Nairn additionally had a finest soar of 8.08m however his second finest of seven.98m was higher than 7.84m of Sreeshankar. Beneath guidelines, if two jumpers are tied on similar distance, the one who has a greater second finest effort will probably be ranked forward.
Jovan van Vuuren (8.06m) of South Africa took the bronze. The opposite Indian within the fray, Muhammed Anees Yahiya ended at fifth with a finest soar of seven.97m.
Sreeshankar’s grew to become the primary Indian male lengthy jumper to win a silver on the CWG. Suresh Babu had received a bronze within the 1978 version. Amongst girls, Prajusha Maliakkal received a silver within the 2010 version in Delhi, whereas legendary Anju Bobby George bagged a bronze in 2002.
Sreeshankar had gone into CWG as gold medal favorite on the premise of his season’s and private better of 8.36m, which had put him in joint second rating on the earth this season. However he struggled in his first 4 jumps concerning his touchdown on the foot board. He started with a 7.64m earlier than leaping an identical 7.84m in his second and third makes an attempt. His fourth soar was a foul.
SREESHANKAR WINS SILVER
‘s Nationwide Report holder Sreeshankar Murali turns into the first ever Indian male to clinch a Silver medal in Lengthy Soar at #CommonwealthGames
He clinches SILVER in Males’s Lengthy Soar occasion with the best leap of 8.08m at @birminghamcg22#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/9nHpvlSsqi
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 4, 2022
He was exterior the medal rivalry on the finish of the fourth spherical as he was at sixth place at that stage however his fifth try of 8.08m took him to the second place. In a dramatic ultimate spherical soar, he appeared to have crossed the 8m mark – which might have given him a gold – however to his and the Indian contingent’s disappointment, his foot landed 2cm forward of the road on the foot board.
The ultimate try was thus dominated as a foul and Sreeshankar needed to accept a silver. On Wednesday, Tejaswin Shankar had received a bronze in males’s excessive soar to open India’s medal account in athletics on this CWG.
It was Sreeshankar’s first medal in a significant worldwide competitors and a multi-sport occasion. Earlier than this, he had received a bronze within the 2018 Asian U-20 Championships in Gifu, Japan. The medal will give him some type of reduction after his disappointing efficiency within the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA, the place he had completed seventh within the ultimate final month.
He had gone into the World Championships as a darkish horse for a medal with a season’s and private better of 8.36m.
(with PTI inputs)