Commonwealth Games 2022: Murali Sreeshankar wins silver; records best ever finish by an Indian male long jumper
National record holder Murali Sreeshankar wins his first major medal with silver in the long jump event at Commonwealth Games 2022
Murali Sreeshankar wins the 19th medal for India at CWG 2022! Sreeshankar jumped 8.08m in the finals of the Long Jump event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
With this, he recorded the best ever performance by any male Indian long jumper in Commonwealth history, bettering the bronze medal of Suresh Babu in the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
This is Sreeshankar's first-ever major medal in a multi-sport event and he has left behind the disappointment of the World Athletics Championship last Month.
Sreeshankar was tied with Laquan Nairn at 8.08m at the end of six jumps each but he was awarded a silver. Because in the case of a tie, the second longest jump during the final wins.
Murali Sreeshankar and Mohammed Anees Yahiya were two finalists from India in the finals. Mohammed Anees Yahiya finished 5th with a jump of 7.97m which he recorded in the last jump.
This is the second medal in Athletics for India after Tejaswin Shankar won the bronze medal last night in Men's High Jump.
In absence of Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra, Murali Sreeshankar along with Tejaswin have emerged as the front runner medalists for the Indian contingent so far.