Long Jumper Murali Sreeshankar all set to train in the USA

Murali Sreeshankar will practice and compete in Diamond League events after his training in Texas before traveling to Chula Vista, California, and Europe, including Greece.

Murali Sreeshankar in a file photo (Image credits: Twitter)
By Abhiruchi Rout | Apr 12, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Indian long jumper, Murali Sreeshankar started his season with a 7.94-meter leap but fell short of the 8-meter mark set by both he and his coach and father, S. Murali. Sreeshankar, on the other hand, has viewed it positively and attributes the problem to the strong headwind that Bengaluru had on Monday during the third leg of the Indian Grand Prix. Sreeshankar and his father will travel to the United States for the most crucial part of this year’s preparation with meticulous planning for the busy and significant season ahead. Sreeshankar will train at Texas Tech University in Lubbock under the direction of horizontal jumps coach Keith Herston.

Sreeshankar’s upcoming events

Murali Sreeshankar will practice and compete in Diamond League events after his training in Texas before traveling to Chula Vista, California, and Europe, including Greece. The Inter-State Meet will then take place in India when he returns in July. The main objective for Sreeshankar this year is to win a medal at the World Championships in Budapest from August 19 to August 27 and the Asian Games 2022 from September 23 to Oct 8, 2023. He anticipates that the 14 weeks of training and competition will help him reach that goal. Sreeshankar hopes to build on a highly successful 2022 campaign in which he reached world No. 6 owing to some electrifying performances, including a silver at the Commonwealth Games 2022. He was also a finalist at the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

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Sreeshankar receiving tough challenges both nationally and internationally

Murali Sreeshankar is aware that this season would be important for him, and his top priority is to take home medals in significant competitions. He is determined not to experience the same minor rhythmic dip he did at the World Championships the previous year. Sreeshankar begins this season confident after competing against all of the top jumpers the previous year, both domestically and internationally, in what he views to be no ordinary competition. He agrees that he can’t dismiss the competitiveness at home, and a good rivalry with Jeswin Aldrin, who just month defeated Sreeshankar by leaping an incredible 8.42m at IIS, Ballari. Sreeshankar’s best is 8.36m, achieved at the Federation Cup in 2022.

Sreeshankar’s injury in the year 2022

Murali Sreeshankar, who was nursing a hamstring strain, started the season late due to an injury that he suffered at the National Games 2022 last October also impacted his off-season training. His father-cum-coach, Murali, says they lost two months of athletic training due to the injury and had to focus on recovery and rehabilitation, with more emphasis on muscle strengthening. They began training in the last week of November and are planning to peak for the World Championships and Asian Games.

As part of the comprehensive planning for the Paris Olympics 2024, Sreeshankar is also experimenting with a modified run-up strategy to improve rhythm. Moreover, he is eager to collaborate with Herston, who has been offering him advice since 2018. Herston is a passionate young coach who constantly seeks out new information and has worked with some elite players. Sreeshankar is excited to work out with him and gain knowledge from his observations. 

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