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Long Jumper Murali Sreeshankar eyes national record at World Championships

Long Jumper Murali Sreeshankar is confident that he would perform at his best in the coming World Athletics Championship at Eugene in Oregon next month.

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Murali Sreeshankar (Source: Getty Images)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 29 Jun 2022 3:16 AM GMT

Long Jumper Murali Sreeshankar is confident that he would perform at his best in the coming World Athletics Championship at Eugene in Oregon, USA, next month and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham a fortnight later. He might not have had a memorable outing in Tokyo 2020 but the national record holder has plans in place.

"We have to adjust with pressure. The Tokyo Olympics experience has been invaluable. In Doha 2019, I also had a similar experience. But I've recovered mentally and physically now," Sreeshankar told during media interation facilitated by the Sports Authority of India on Tuesday.

"In March at an indoor championship in Belgrade, I had a decent result. Step by step I'm getting better. The field is also more familiar to me and the Tokyo experience will help me in performing at a bigger level," he said.

Sreeshankar mentioned that he re-evaluated his body and sat with his father and coach S Muralidaran to formulate a training program following the Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking about his mental recovery, Sreeshankar said he has had support of a psychologist appointed by SAI. "She has been helping me since the Olympic season," he said.

"All setbacks have made me mentally tough, but I thank SAI and TOPS for doing everything to help me recover. Tough times make tough people. I used to feel perplexed, but now I am taking everything in a cool and calm manner, because I'm aware of my abilities," he said.

Sreeshankar said he is looking to better his personal best (8.36m – also the national record).
"I certainly want to achieve that is in the World Championship. I am confident I'll do my best. Competition will be high. I'm really optimistic of a medal chance. If I get the rhythm perfectly, I'm sure I'll certainly get the big distance," he said.
The 23-year-old is also excited at the prospect of competing with fellow Indians Muhammed Anees Yahiya and Jeswin Aldrin at the World Championships.
"I am also eagerly looking forward to competing with Muhammad Anees Yahiya and Jeswin Aldrin at the World Championships. With God's grace, all three of us will qualify for the final in Oregon. That's our ultimate aim. Then, in the final on July 16, we all will be fighting for our medals," Sreeshankar said.
Showing gratitude to Olympic Games Javelin Throw gold medallist Neeraj Chopra and India hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, Sreeshankar said, "Neeraj bhaiya's gold has made a huge impact on Indian athletes. It made us believe we too are capable of good performances in the big events and find our names at the top if we work in the right direction. Neeraj bhaiya and I shared a room during the Tokyo Olympics. He motivated and supported me after my poor result. He told me that I still have time and I should keep working hard. Bhai, I believe in you, he told me. It felt great coming from someone like him. After speaking to him and Sreejesh, I got the power to keep going."
Murali Sreeshankar will now be seen competing at the Oregon World Championships next on July 15 in the long jump qualification.


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