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India’s Murali Sreeshankar wins Gold Medal in long jump at 12th International jumps meet

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: India’s premier long jumper Murali Sreeshankar has won gold medal in long jump event at the 12th International Jumps meet in Greece. He attempted a jump of whopping of 8.31m.

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Sweden’s reigning World Indoor silver medallist Thobias Montler finished second (8.27m) while France’s Jules Pommery (8.17m) completed the top three. Only the top three jumpers crossed the 8m-mark.

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Competing in his first outdoor international meet since the Olympics campaign, Sreeshankar warmed up on Wednesday evening with jumps of 7.88 and 7.71 metres before leaping 8.31m. It is his second-best effort, going past 8.26m that he jumped at last year’s Federation Cup in Patiala.

The Kerala athlete logged 8.14m and 8.17m at the season-opening Indian Open Jumps Competitions in Thiruvanthapuram before breaking his own national record at the Federation Cup in Kozhikode after a close battle with Tamil Nadu’s Jeswin Aldrin.

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