Murali Sreeshankar’s file image© AFP
Indian long-jumper Murali Sreeshankar was qualified for the finals in the men’s high jump at the World Athletics Championships. He had a heat record of 8m. He placed seventh in heats and was the only Indian who advanced. Jeswin aldrin (best attempt 7.79m) was the other Indian in the fray, but they couldn’t finish among the top-12 heats and thus failed to make it to the final.
Sreeshankar is the National Record Holder in Long Jump. He sits in joint-second place with the Federation Cup’s 8.36m effort in April.
Sreeshankar, 23, has been a consistent performer throughout the season. After a jump of 8.31m in a Greek event, he won gold at the National Inter-State Championships.
Sreeshankar is in joint-second place among season leaders with Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou from Greece, who is the favourite for gold.
The 24-year-old Greek long jumper is a world, Olympic and European indoor champion. He is unbeaten in outdoor season with eight wins from eight including Diamond League success in Rabat Oslo Stockholm.
Simon Ehammer, a multi-talented Swiss decathlete, is the season leader. He jumped 8.45m at an Austrian competition in May. Juan Miguel Echevarria, Cuba’s silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics, is not participating.
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