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Sreeshankar qualifies for world championships


Star long jumper Murali Sreeshankar threw a mammoth 8.41m in his first attempt in the qualifying round at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship to qualify for the World Championships, here on Sunday. 24-year-old Sreeshankar’s jump was just a centimeter shy of Jeswin Aldrin’s national record of 8.42m set earlier this year.

However, it was Sreeshankar’s personal best effort.

“The wind reading was fine, it was 1.5m/s. Just less than the national record but I am happy to do this jump,” said Sreeshankar, who represents Kerala, after the event.

Aldrin was second with a best jump of 7.83m and Muhammed Anees Yahiya was third with 7.71m, as 12 long jumps were achieved in Monday’s final.

The Asian Games qualifying mark for the men’s long jump is 7.95m.

On June 9, Sreeshankar became only the third Indian — after Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and former discus thrower Vikas Gowda — to win a Diamond League medal with a bronze in the Paris leg. with an effort of 8.09m.Men’s length The qualifying jump distance for the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August is 8.25m. In the qualification round of the women’s long jump, Kerala’s Ancy Sojan broke the Asian Games mark of 6.45m with a best effort of 6.49m as she finished ahead of state-mate Nayana James (6.31m) and India number one Shaili Singh (6.27m) of Uttar Pradesh, who also reached the final on Monday.

Asian record holder shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor topped the qualifying round with a throw of 18.91m, nine centimeters short of the Asian Games qualifying mark of 19m.

In the men’s javelin throw, three athletes broke the Asian Games qualification mark of 78.23m. Odisha’s Kishore Kumar Jena topped the qualification round with a best throw of 79.96m, followed by Shivpal Singh (79.35m) – who has been banned for doping for a year – from Uttar Pradesh and Anuj Kalera ( 79.04m). m) of Rajasthan.

National record holder Amlan Borgohain eased into the men’s 200m semi-final after topping Round 1 while Odisha’s Srabani Nanda and Delhi’s Shabnam clocked identical 24.31 seconds in the corresponding women’s race.

Four runners broke the Asian Games qualifying mark of 3:47.84 in the men’s 1500m preliminaries, although only two athletes can represent a country in the continent’s multi-sport spectacle.

Ajay Kumar Saroj (3:44.13) of Uttar Pradesh, Yoonus Shah (3:44.22), also of Uttar Pradesh, Sachelal Patel (3:44.33) of Uttarakhand and Rahul Baloda (3:46.73) of Rajasthan were the four runners.

National record holder Jinson Johnson of Kerala clocked 3:48.83 to make it to the final.

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