Indian Murali Sreeshankar claims gold in long jump in Greece

New Delhi: India’s best long jumper Murali Sreeshankar won the gold medal at the 12th International Jumping Meeting in Kallithea, Greece with an effort of 8.31m.

The Tokyo Olympian is the current national record holder with a jump of 8.36m, which he achieved last month.

Sreeshankar was followed by Swede Thobias Montler, who claimed silver with a jump of 8.27m, and Jules Pommery of France, who took bronze with an effort of 8.17m in the 10-man field.

Only the three best show jumpers crossed the 8m.

Jeswin Aldrin, meanwhile, finished fifth after reaching the 7.69m at the 17th Iberoamerican Meeting in Huelva, Spain.

Croatian Filip Pravdiva (7.91 m), Uruguayan Emiliano Lasa (7.82 m) and Peruvian Jos Luis Mandros (7.77 m) completed the top three of the seven-man field.

“Sreeshankar consistently jumps far. In 12th International Jumps Meeting, Kallithea, Greece, part of World Athletics Continental Tour bronze. Performance 8.31 meters,” the Indian Athletics Federation tweeted.

Competing in his first international outdoor competition since the Olympic campaign, Sreeshankar warmed up on Wednesday night with jumps of 7.88 and 7.71 meters before jumping 8.31 meters.

Sreeshankar entered the competition thanks to his excellent domestic form where he repeatedly crossed the 8m mark. The athlete from Kerala achieved 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 fierce battle with Jeswin Aldrin of Tamil Nadu.

Indian athletes have been training and competing in Europe in recent weeks.

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