Murali Shreeshankar, who on Thursday earned a record silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, believes this is just the beginning and he is eager for greater success despite the fact that he just lost out on a gold medal.
The slender kid’s path to silver, however, was anything but smooth; after a 7.84m jump on his third attempt, he plummeted to sixth place.
The 23-year-old saw yet another setback when the sport’s most recent technology, which had just been implemented a little over a year earlier, caught him fouling on his fourth attempt.
The young man from Kerala only needed to follow his father-turned-coach S Murali’s advise with two attempts left, and his flawless 8.08m jump earned him a silver medal.
“I’ve been waiting a very long time for a medal (in a world meet). Sreeshankar stated, “I finished seventh at both the World Indoor and Outdoor, sixth at the World Juniors, fourth at the Asian Indoors, and sixth at the Asian Games.
“I was always 6-7-6-7-4, so I was thrilled to get the silver. For a very long period, I waited for a world medal, but I kept missing out. I’m working toward my big aim, which is to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Every athlete has been there. Miltiadis Tentoglou, the current Olympic champion, told me in Greece, “I also came 7-6-4 several times,” and he later took home the gold (in Tokyo). It’s a sequential process,” he continued.