From Gold Coast heartbreak to Birmingham CWG Silver: Murali Sreeshankar leaps into the record books


For Murali Sreeshankar, the 2018 Commonwealth Video games was a full-blown nightmare. The 23-year-old from Kerala suffered a ruptured appendix every week earlier than the video games at Gold Coast.

Sreeshankar needed to endure emergency surgical procedure to get the difficulty fastened, however that ended his hopes of showing on the mega occasion. Nevertheless, the lengthy leap athlete wasn’t somebody who was able to get pulled down by the setback.

Coming into his CWG debut in Birmingham, Sreeshankar has develop into extra skilled and has been one of the vital famend faces on the worldwide scene.

He has rubbed shoulders with a few of the greatest athletes on this planet and competed in a few of the huge occasions. Sreeshankar competed on the Athletics World Indoor Championships and in addition took half in two occasions in Greece. He would even be a participant on the World Athletics Championship within the USA.

Coming into the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, Sreeshankar was thought-about to be a favourite for a medal. From the get-go, the 23-year-old has lived as much as his hype.

Sreeshankar stormed into the finals of the occasion together with his very first leap through the qualifying spherical. The 23-year-old registered a leap of 8.05 m to take the lead and not one of the different athletes in his group might get the higher of him.

He was additionally the one athlete to cross the 8m mark on the day and rapidly positioned himself as the percentages on favourite.

In his first try within the remaining, Sreeshankar did not get off the perfect of begins and recorded a 7.60 m leap. The 23-year-old would then file jumps of seven.84 m in each his second and third makes an attempt to stay within the hunt for a medal.

Nevertheless, catastrophe struck on the fourth try as his leap was disqualified, with Indian hearts sinking on the considered lacking out on a medal.

However future and Sreeshankar had different plans because the fifth leap of 8.08 m launched him into the medal positions and he was tied for the lead with Bahamas’ Laquan Nairn.

The sixth leap was additionally disqualified however the 23-year-old had carried out sufficient to create historical past and win India’s second medal within the males’s lengthy leap.

It’s certain that Sreeshankar will look again on this second with a smile on his face as, 4 years in the past, his goals have been crushed. And now, he has propelled himself into the historical past books.

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