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Multi-time long jumper Murali Sreesankar, who has moved from fifth to seventh in his fledgling international career from junior to senior level, is not surprised to see the Indian national champion in the 2022 Commonwealth Games now in a familiar seventh position. .

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The 23-year-old from Palakkad in Kerala had recently finished seventh in the 2022 World Athletics Championships. He had done the same at the World Indoor Athletics, finishing fifth at the World Junior Athletics and at several national and international events, and hence, Sreesankar was not worried about finding himself in the same position on Thursday.

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The long jumper won a historic first silver medal in slightly cold and windy conditions, bettering Suresh Babu’s bronze medal in 1978 Edmonton, Canada. It was the biggest medal of Sreesankar’s career that redeemed him after all the setbacks he has endured in recent times, such as a surgery due to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and not qualifying for the finals at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Srishankar has endured so much over the years that he is now staring at another disappointment. Sreesankar had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a best jump of 8.26m but suffered in the Japanese capital, failing to qualify for the finals with an effort below 7.69 a few weeks after going into the event due to health problems. His fitness.

“I have had a lot of experience being in that position. I’ve learned a lot from those experiences, so I’m not worried. I know that I am a leap man – that I will take a big leap that will fix things,” Sreesankar said on Thursday.

Sreesankar, one of India’s biggest hopes in international track and field along with high jumper Tejashwan Shankar, took a leap from seventh to the top during the Federation Cup a few months ago, after beating gold medalist Neeraj Chopra in the javelin at the Tokyo Olympics. Get the title.

At the Alexander Stadium here on Thursday, Sreesankar took a brilliant leap of faith in the fifth turn and cleared 8.08m to climb from seventh to joint first with Bahamas’ Laquan Nairn, who clocked a better second jump of 7.94 compared to 7.84. Indian’s

In his sixth and final attempt in the men’s long jump final on Thursday evening, Murali Sreesankar took a huge leap but was adjudged a foul by a narrow margin and had to settle for a silver medal.

Four jumpers were separated by just three centimeters – Bahamas’ Nairn and Sreesankar at 8.08, South Africa’s Jovan van Vuuren at 8.06 and Jamaica’s Shaun-D Thompson third at 8.05m – into the final two. jumps

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But none of the four were able to improve their position in the fifth and sixth jumps, so the position remained the same in the end.

Sreesankar, however, had already taken his leap of faith in his fifth jump which took him from 7.84m to 8.08m and put him nowhere in medal contention.

He started with a practice effort of 7.60m and improved to 7.84 in the second attempt and repeated it in the third attempt. In contrast, Nairn started with 7.94 and in his second attempt, 8.08, jumped the best of the day and already took top spot. South African jumper van Vuuren finished second with an effort of 8.06m, while Jamaica’s Thompson cleared 8.05m in his third jump.

Sreeshankar now had to take a big leap to enter the medal category by acting. He did just that – jumping into what looked like 8.30s. But it was called a foul – Sreesankar pulled up for crossing the take off line on the board by less than a centimeter.

“That was the narrowest margin I ever fouled. I was surprised to see that,” said Sreesankar. It was a very close call but is possible thanks to a new laser-guided system being used by world athletics.

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Even in that situation, Sri Shankar did not lose patience.

“Like I said I learned a lot from previous experiences when I was in 5th-7th position that I wasn’t worried. I knew I could take a big leap and things would go smoothly,” Sreesankar said after the tournament.

At this point, he was reminded by his father and coach S Murali that he had scored big in the Federation Cup from the same position, while Chief National Athletics Coach Radhakrishnan Nair whispered in his ear to control his breathing and dampen his spirits.

Sreesankar clocked a best of 8.08 on his fifth jump and the rest is history.

“It’s not my best effort, less than my personal best (8.36), but I’ll take it any day. I am happy with my performance because of the medal. This is the biggest medal I have won at a world meet and I thank my father, my family, the federation, Sports Authority of India, my sponsor JSW and the Ministry of Sports for believing in me and helping me achieve this,” said. Shri Shankar.

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