- Sreeshankar won gold medal in CWG 2022
- Sreeshankar finished on the podium after a jump of 8.08 m
- Sreeshankar will face Tokyo Olympics medallist in Diamond League
After making India proud at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Murali Sreeshankar is geared up for his next stint, the Diamond League, on Wednesday, August 10. This will be the long jumper’s first appearance in the tournament in 2002 after he pulled out of the Stockholm leg in June due to his visa processing for the world athletics championships in the United States.
Earlier this month, the 23-year-old pulled off a stupendous jump of 8.08 m in his fifth attempt and won the silver medal at the CWG. He finished behind Laquan Nairn of the Bahamas. Interestingly, Sreeshankar had the same top score as that of Nairn, but the latter finished on top for his second best score.
Sreeshankar is currently a national record holder, but the challenge in the Diamond League is expected to be slightly tougher compared to the one in Birmingham. Sreeshankar will be going up against Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece and Maykel Masso of Cuba.
Tentoglou won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics after a jump as long as 8.41 metres. In the same year, he became the World indoor champion after a jump of 8.55 metres. Masso, on the other hand, won bronze in Tokyo after jumping 8.21 metres. Greek athlete Tentoglou has a personal best of 8.60 metres.
Hence, it’s pretty evident that Sreeshankar will have to work harder to win on Wednesday. However, he can take heart from his personal best of 8.36 metres, which also happens to be a national record. It remains to be seen if Sreeshankar can raise his game while facing the medallists from Tokyo.
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