New Delhi: Kerala-based Indian athlete Murali Sreeshankar created history in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Thursday. He became the first athlete from India to win a silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Commonwealth Games. The 23-year-old champion achieved the feat with a long jump of 8.08 metres.
While Laquan Nair of the Bahamas won the gold medal, South Africa’s Jovan van Vuuren won the bronze medal in the tournament. Although Sreeshankar jumped at par with gold medalist Laquan Nair, Sreeshankar still got the silver. This happened because Lakuan’s second best jump was better than Sreeshankar’s second best jump. Lakuan’s second best jump was 7.98 metres, while Sreeshankar’s second best jump was 7.84 metres. Srishankar has made the world a fan as soon as he created history. However, there have been many struggles involved in this success story.
Murali Sreeshankar couldn’t compete and nearly died after his appendix burst just before the 2018 CWG. The 23-year-old from Palakkad has returned to win 🥈 in the men’s long jump at the 2022 CWG. In his 2nd last effort he jumps 8.08m – same as Laqan Nairn but loses on countback. pic.twitter.com/MRS2FrmR1Z
— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) August 4, 2022
the appendix was torn
Actually, Murali Sreeshankar missed out on CWG 2018. Just before that his appendix had burst. He almost died, but this player overcame him like a fighter and started preparing again. He also had to undergo surgery to overcome this disease. After that, he continued to participate in competitions one after the other. According to Sportstar, Sreeshankar is India’s fourth long jump medalist after Suresh Babu (Bronze), Anju Bobby George (Bronze), and MA Prajusha (Silver), who won the CWG in 1978, 2002 and 2010 respectively.