Eugene(USA): Despite his best effort of 7.96m on the second day of competition at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, long jumper Murali Sreeshankar finished seventh in the finals.
He has the distinction of becoming the first Indian athlete to qualify for the long jump finals at the World Championships. His superb performance raised the hope of a historic medal in the ongoing championship. Unfortunately, he failed to raise his performance in the final and failed to achieve his personal best of 8.36m.
The 23-year-old athlete is disappointed with himself as he was unable to cross the 8-meter mark in his six attempts. He sailed into the final after crossing the 8m mark in the qualification round on Saturday. The Indian athlete finished second in Group B and seventh overall.
Sreeshankar got six jumps like the other athletes. But he had three legal jumps while his other three jumps were declared foul by the technical team.
The gold medal in long jum was won by China’s Jianan Wang with a tremendous final round jump of 8.36m, while Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece bagged the silver medal with a best effort of 8.30m. Simon Ehammer of Switzerland, with 8.16m, won the bronze.
In the other event of the competition, Indian Parul Chaudhary achieved her personal best of 9:38.09 in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, but she finished 12th in her heat and failed to qualify for the final.