Murali Sreeshankar won the silver medal in the Men’s Long Jump final with a mark of 8.08m at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Thursday. He became the first Indian male athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in the long jump.
Laquan Nairn of the Bahamas clinched the gold medal. Nairn also had the best jump of 8.08 meters, but his second-best jump of 7.98 meters was higher than Sreeshankar’s 7.84 meters.
According to the rule, if two contenders jump on the same distance, the one who has a better second-best effort will be ranked above. Jovan van Vuuren (8.06m) of South Africa grabbed the bronze.
Murali Sreeshankar began with a successful jump of 7.60 meters in his first attempt. He easily cleared the mark of 7.84m with a smooth jump in his second attempt. In the third attempt, he jumped 7.84m.
In the second round of the final, Sreeshankar attempted a foul, stepping over the whiteboard. He made an incredible comeback, in his fifth attempt jumping 8.08 meters to move up to second place on the leaderboard. He made a foul attempt on his sixth and last attempt, thus he settled for the silver medal.