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CWG 2022: India's Murali Sreeshankar wins silver medal in men's long jump

The 23-year-old's silver was the best among Indian male long jumpers in the sporting event
India's Murali Sreeshankar holds the silver medal after the Men's Long Jump final during the athletics medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games, in the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham, UK.
India's Murali Sreeshankar holds the silver medal after the Men's Long Jump final during the athletics medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games, in the Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham, UK.
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PTI   |   Birmingham   |   Published 05.08.22, 09:38 AM

Murali Sreeshankar clinched a silver in men's long jump to give India its second medal in athletics at the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Indian soared to 8.08m in his fifth attempt to finish second behind Laquan Nairn of Bahamas in a nerve-wrecking men's long jump final.

Nairn also had a best jump of 8.08m but his second best of 7.98m was better than 7.84m of Sreeshankar.

Under rules, if two jumpers are tied on same distance, the one who has a better second best effort will be ranked ahead.

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

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

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.

President congratulates Sreeshankar

President Droupadi Murmu on Friday applauded Murali Sreeshankar for winning silver in long jump at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and said his path-breaking achievement will inspire countless Indians, especially the youth.

Sreeshankar clinched the silver in men's long jump event on Thursday.

"Congratulations to Sreeshankar for winning silver in long jump at #CommonweathGames. Your long leap has brought India's first ever medal for this event in Commonwealth Games. This pathbreaking achievement will inspire countless Indians, especially the youth," Murmu tweeted.



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