M Sreeshankar adds another accomplishment, wins gold at the Chula Vista athletics event

Murali Sreeshankar, a silver medalist from the Commonwealth Games 2022, will not be eligible for the world, which will be held in Budapest

Murali Sreeshankar during the medal ceremony at the CWG 2022 (Credits - Instagram)
By Pushkar Pandey | May 1, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

In Chula Vista, California, on Sunday, at the MVA High Performance 1 2023 athletics competition, Murali Sreeshankar won the gold medal. Prior to Jeswin Aldrin’s 8.42m leap at the second Indian Open Jumps Championships in March, the men’s long jump national record in India stood at 8.36m. Murali Sreeshankar’s best jump at California meets measured at 8.29m, just 0.07m short of his personal best of that height. To qualify for the men’s long jump event at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, Murali Sreeshankar, 24, had to clear 8.25 meters, which he did at Chula Vista.

Murali could not qualify for World 2023

Murali Sreeshankar, the silver medalist from the Commonwealth Games 2022, will not be eligible for the world, which will be held in Budapest this August, despite his best efforts. This is due to tailwinds that were measured at +3.1m/s throughout the effort. In the long jump, jumps with wind assistance of more than +2 m/s are not logged as official records or qualifying times. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has established 7.95m as the men’s long jump qualifying standard for the Asian Games 2023.

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At the Indian Grand Prix 3 in Bengaluru last month, where he won the gold medal with a performance of 7.94 meters, Murali Sreeshankar launched his 2023 campaign. The USA meet was his second competition of the year and his first competition in 2023 to take place abroad. Ma Weidong of China jumped 7.99 meters to take home the silver medal in Chula Vista. With a jump of 7.61 meters, his compatriot Huafeng Huang won bronze.

Murali Sreeshankar

Born on March 27, 1999, Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian athlete. Murali takes part in the long jump competition. He is a former holder of the national record, with a jump of 8.36-meter set in 2022. In March 2018, Sreeshankar competed in the Patiala Federation Cup and jumped 7.99 meters. He was chosen to compete for India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but he was forced to withdraw 10 days before the competition in April after learning that he had appendicitis. He underwent an urgent appendix removal and was put on a liquid diet, which caused him to lose a lot of weight and make it difficult for him to walk.

Murali competed in the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu two months later and won the bronze medal with a jump of 7.47 meters despite having “less strength, speed, and focus” than before the illness. In Jakarta for the 2018 Asian Games, where he finished sixth with 7.95 meters, he “struggled with run-up issues.” At the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar in September 2018, Sreeshankar achieved a jump of 8.20 meters, breaking the previous record. He qualified for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which will take place in Doha from September to October, becoming the first Indian athlete to do so. It was also the world-leading jump of the season among athletes under the age of 20. Sreeshankar failed to advance to the finals at the World Championships despite having a best leap of 7.62 meters when the cutoff was 8.15.

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