Murali Sreeshankar: What are the athlete’s top ten best jumps?

After the relative success of Neeraj Chopra, there has been a spurt in the field of track and field. This has led to a massive outburst in the field of track and field. Many young and promising athletes have risen to the occasion and made a name for themselves. In this plethora of talents, one name which has become synonymous with the field of long jump is Murali Sreeshankar. Murali is the most successful athlete when it comes to the field of long jump. He has been one of the only three athletes from India to finish in the top three positions of the Diamond League athletics meet. Additionally, Sreeshankar has also been able to compete toe-to-toe with Greek Olympic champion Miltiádis Tentóglou.

The Career Arch of Murali Sreeshankar

The Commonwealth Games silver medalist’s best performance came in March 2022 during the Federation Cup finals. It was also the personal best for the long jumper before that was broken by Jeswin Aldrin. He was named in the Indian contingent for the 2018 Commonwealth Games but had to pull out 10 days before the April event after being diagnosed with appendicitis. Two months later, he participated in the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu despite having “less strength, speed and focus” from before the illness and won bronze with a jump of 7.47 metres. This illness haunted him during the later end of the season as well. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, he “struggled with run-up issues”. This led to a disastrous campaign for the Indian as he finished sixth in the final with 7.95 metres.

In September 2018, Sreeshankar broke the national record at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar where he achieved a jump of 8.20 metres. It was also the world-leading jump of the season among under-20 athletes. This also made him the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2019 World Athletics Championships scheduled in Doha. However, in Qatar, he was not able to clear the threshold level to go off to the next stage.

Sreeshankar qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics by recording a jump of 8.26m, a new national record, at the Federation Cup in Patiala in March 2021. At the Olympics, he registered a jump of 7.69m in the qualifying round and failed to enter the final. He undid the mistake at the 2022 Commonwealth Games where he won the silver medal with a jump of 8.08 metres and became the first male long jumper from India to win a silver medal at the Games.

What are the top ten best jumps of Murali Sreeshankar?

Competition (Location)DateResultPosition
Indian Championships (India)18 June 20238.41 m (Personal Best)1
Federation Cup (India)19 March 20228.36 m 1
12th International Jumping Meeting (Greece)26 May 20228.31 m1
Chula Vista Meet (USA)1 May 20228.29 m1
Federation Cup National Athletics Championships (India)19 March 20218.26 m 1
National Open Athletics Championships (India)28 October 20188.20 m 1
Diamond League (Paris)10 June 20228.09 m3
Commonwealth Games (England)4 August 20228.08 m2
Federation Cup (India)19 March 20187.99 m1
Tatyana Kolpakova Memorial (Kyrgyzstan) 14 July 20197.97 m1
World Athletics Championships (USA)24 July 20227.96 m7
Asian Games (Indonesia)2 September 20187.95 m6

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