Murali Sreeshankar, Jeswin Aldrin secure 1-2 places in a World Athletics Continental Tour meet

Murali Sreeshankar and Jeswin Aldrin, two of India's top long jumpers, achieved a remarkable feat by securing the first and second positions at the International Jumping Meeting 2023 in Kallithea, Greece.

Jeswin Aldrin (left) and Murali Sreeshankar (right) sharing a trophy in Greece (Image Credits - Twitter/ @IIS_Vijayanagar)
By Abhiruchi Rout | May 25, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Murali Sreeshankar and Jeswin Aldrin, two of India’s top long jumpers, achieved a remarkable feat by securing the first and second positions at the International Jumping Meeting 2023 in Kallithea, Greece. This event, which is one of the World Athletics Continental Tour bronze level events, took place on May 25, 2023. Sreeshankar emerged as the gold medalist with an impressive season-best performance of 8.18m, with a wind speed of +0.6m/s, in his final attempt. The 24-year-old athlete, who had previously won silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, showcased consistent performance with jumps measuring 7.94m, 8.17m, 8.11m, 8.04m, and 8.01m.

Jeswin Aldrin, aged 21 and the current national record-holder, secured the silver medal by achieving a distance of 7.85m with a wind speed of 0.5m/s. Beginning with a jump of 7.81m, Jeswin’s best jump came in his second attempt, followed by jumps of 7.74m and 7.79m. Unfortunately, his last attempt resulted in a foul. Praveen Chithravel, another Indian athlete specializing in the triple jump, was initially listed to participate in the men’s triple jump event but did not eventually take part.

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Jeswin already in World Championships 2023 squad while Sreeshankar has to wait

In a previous competition, Jeswin had established a new national record of 8.42m at the Indian Open Jumps Championships in Bellary. This earned him a qualification for the upcoming 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. The qualifying standard for this year’s championships is set at 8.25m. Murali Sreeshankar had also recently achieved a gold medal-winning jump of 8.29m at the MVA High Performance athletics meet 1 in Chula Vista, USA. However, this jump did not meet the requirements due to exceeding the permissible tailwind limit of +2 m/s, as it was measured at 3.1m/s. It is important to note that Murali Sreeshankar is the former Indian record holder in the event, with a jump of 8.36 meters achieved in 2022.

Know about the history of the International Jumping Meeting

Since 2011, the International Jumping Meeting has been an annual event held in May. A notable aspect of the competition is the participation of former Olympic, World, and European medalists, who take part in the event held at the Municipal Stadium of Kallithea. In 2017, the event welcomed the presence of Sergey Bubka, one of the legendary pole vaulters, as its honorary guest. In 2020, Nikol Kyriakopoulou, the World Champion in pole vault, served as the event’s ambassador. The International Jumping Meeting has gained recognition on a global scale, achieving the remarkable 17th position in the World Athletics Special Events World Ranking for 2022.

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