Murali Srishankar won the silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 final with an effort of 8.08 meters on Thursday. The 23-year-old from Palakkad, Kerala thus became the first male Indian athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in long jump.
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Earlier on Tuesday, Srishankar cleared 8.05m in his first attempt in his Group A qualification, which he needed to qualify for the final. He dominated the leaderboard and no other player could surpass him. Bahamas’ Lakan Nairn finished second while South Africa’s Jovan van Vooren finished third with a best jump of 7.87m. The top eight athletes from the group qualified for the finals.
Son of a former athlete, Sri Shankar set a national record in the long jump in 2021 with a distance of 8.26m. In 2018, he won his first international medal, a bronze, in the long jump with a distance of 7.47 meters. Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu. Earlier, he was scheduled to make his CWG debut in Gold Coast but withdrew 10 days before the start of the event after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
On the other hand, Anis jumped 7.49 meters in his first attempt. He jumped 7.68 meters in his second attempt. However, in his third attempt, he barely managed a jump of 7.49 meters. Guyana’s Emmanuel Archibald topped the group with a best jump of 7.83m while Australia’s Christopher Matrewski was second with a best jump of 7.76m.
Anis achieved his personal best by jumping 8.15 meters in Bhubaneswar earlier this year in the month of May. At the Federation Cup last month, he finished third on the podium with a personal best of 8.06m. Sri Shankar topped the list with a jump of 8.36 meters.
In the men’s long jump final, Shri Shankar registered an opening jump of 7.6 meters while Anish’s first jump was fouled during take-off.
At the second time of asking, Shri Shankar improved on his initial effort as he cleared 7.84m. His third attempt was also marked at 7.84m much to the dismay of the 23-year-old from Palakkad, who believed he had done better than the numbers indicated by the electronic board. His fourth attempt was disallowed as he exceeded the painful 1cm mark for the jump that would have put him in the top three positions at the time.
Shree Shankar had a spectacular jump in his fifth attempt as he climbed to second in the standings with an effort of 8.08m. He took off 4cm before the permitted line and stuck the landing brilliantly thanks to his hatch-kick technique which apparently propelled him forward.
He exceeded the 2cm mark on his last attempt and the attempt was called a foul.
Inis’s second jump was legal as he landed at 7.65m. He improved with his third attempt which measured 7.72 meters from the take-off board.
Anis’s fourth attempt was a jump of 7.74m as the Kerala athlete continued to improve from his opening mark. The pattern was broken on his fifth attempt which fell at 7.54m.
But, he saved the best for last as he recorded his best jump of 7.97m of the day to climb to fifth position.
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