Tejasun Shankar won bronze, India’s first ever medal in men’s high jump

Tejsun Shankar won bronze in the men’s high jump final at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, India’s first medal in the discipline.

Tejsoon Shankar had no trouble clearing 2.5m and 2.10m in the first two jumps. Then 2.19m and 2.22m in first attempt quite easily. Although he failed to clear 2.25, he won the bronze medal after clearing 2.22m against the fourth-placed athlete. He attempted 2.28m on his final jump but failed.

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Tejson, who is the national record holder Shankar, was overlooked for the Commonwealth Games but got a last-minute entry to the CWG as the organizers accepted his entry at the request of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Which brought an end to the drama that has been going on for a month. around his participation.

The organizers had initially rejected Shankar’s late entry but the IOA has now received confirmation from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Birmingham CWG organizers to accept his entry after the Delegate Registration Meeting (DRM). Is. The IOA has informed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) about the development.

The IOA made a late request to the Birmingham organizers to include Shankar but it was rejected on 7 July. However, the organizers took a U-turn on Friday and allowed the Delhi high jumper to participate in the quadrennial event.

Shankar, who has returned home from the US where he is studying, now has to arrange his visa urgently so that he can reach Birmingham in time.

Shankar had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the AFI’s decision to drop him from the team, claiming that he jumped 2.27m at the NCAA Championships in the US. have reached the qualification guidelines of AFI, where they are studying.

India has already won a bronze medal in weightlifting, Lopreet Singh in men’s 109kg, Saurav Ghosal a bronze in squash men’s singles and Tulika Mann a silver in judo women’s +78kg and weightlifter Gardeep Singh won a bronze medal in the men’s 109+ kg category. 6 of 2022 CWG.

India’s medal tally now stands at 17 – five gold, five silver and seven bronze.

(with input from agencies)

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