Birmingham: A proud moment for India, athlete Murli Sreeshankar created history by winning a silver medal in the men’s long jump event at the 22nd Commonwealth Games on Thursday. With this, Murali has become the first Indian man in the history of Commonwealth Games to win a silver medal in the long jump. He jumped 8.08 meters and won the silver medal. This was India’s first medal of the day and 19th overall.
SREESHANKAR WINS SILVER 🔥
🇮🇳's National Record holder Sreeshankar Murali becomes the 1st ever Indian male to clinch a Silver medal in Long Jump at #CommonwealthGames
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23-year-old, Murali Sreeshankar started in the final with 7.60m. He then jumped 7.84 meters in his second and third attempts and then fouled in his fourth attempt. In such a situation, India’s medal hopes seemed to be getting a setback. But in his fifth attempt, he jumped 8.08 meters to stake his claim for the podium finish.
Before Murali Sreeshar, former athletes Anju Bobby George and Prajusha Malaikhal have won medals among women. Anju Bobby won bronze in long jump in 2002 Commonwealth Games and Prajusha won silver in 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Significantly, this is India’s second medal in track and field at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Earlier, Tejaswin Shankar won the bronze medal for India in the high jump.
Another Indian athlete participating in the long jump, Mohammad Anas Yahia, finished fifth. He could jump 7.97 meters long. All the four athletes above him crossed the 8 meter mark. The gold medal of the event went to Lecuan Nairn of the Bahamas. He also jumped 8.08 meters long. He touched this figure in his second jump. The Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 began on July 28. The game will conclude on August 8.