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CWG 2022: Murali Sreeshankar Becomes First Indian Male to Win Long Jump Silver

Murali Sreeshankar won a long jump silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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CWG 2022: Murali Sreeshankar Becomes First Indian Male to Win Long Jump Silver
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23-year-old Murali Sreeshankar has become the first Indian man to win a Commonwealth Games silver in long jump.

The national record holder jumped the distance of 8.08m in his fifth attempt to finish second behind Laquan Nairn of Bahamas whose best jump also was 8.08m.

According to the rules, if two jumpers are tied on the same distance, their second-best jumps are taken into account. Murali's was 7.84m while Nairn's was 7.98m.

Jovan van Vuuren (8.06m) of South Africa took the bronze.

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The other Indian in the fray, Muhammed Anees Yahiya ended at fifth with a best jump of 7.97m.

Silver medallist Murali Sreeshankar with gold medallist Laquan Nairn of Bahamas after the Men's Long Jump Final at the 2022 CWG.

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Sreeshankar had gone into CWG as gold medal favourite on the basis of his season's and personal best of 8.36m, which had put him in joint second ranking in the world this season.

But he struggled in his first four jumps regarding his landing on the foot board. He was outside the medal contention at the end of the fourth round as he was at sixth place at that stage but his fifth attempt of 8.08m took him to the second place.

In a dramatic final round jump, he seemed to have crossed the 8m mark -- which would have given him a gold -- but to his and the Indian contingent's disappointment, his foot landed 2cm ahead of the line on the foot board.

The final attempt was thus ruled as a foul and Sreeshankar finished second on the podium.

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Murali Sreeshankar won a long jump silver at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

(Photo: PTI)

Sreeshankar's silver was the best among Indian male long jumpers in the CWG. Suresh Babu had won a bronze in the 1978 edition.

Among women, Prajusha Maliakkal won a silver in the 2010 edition in Delhi, while legendary Anju Bobby George bagged a bronze in 2002.

On Wednesday, Tejaswin Shankar had won a bronze in men's high jump to open India's medal account in athletics in this CWG.

It was Sreeshankar's first medal in a major international competition and a multi-sport event. Before this, he had won a bronze in the 2018 Asian U-20 Championships in Gifu, Japan.

The medal will give him some sort of relief after his disappointing performance in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA, where he had finished seventh in the final last month.

He had gone into the World Championships as a dark horse for a medal with a season's and personal best of 8.36m.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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