High Jump: Tejaswin Shankar wins bronze medal, India’s first success in athletics

Tejaswin Shankar, who holds India’s national record in high jump, was initially denied a place in the Indian athletics team for the Games, after which he approached the court.

Tejaswin Shankar won the medal with a jump of 2.22 metres.

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After weightlifting, judo, table tennis, lawn bone, squash and badminton, India athletics I have also got success. Birmingham Commonwealth Games 202India’s Star Athlete in 2nd Tejaswin Shankar has opened India’s account in athletics by winning the bronze medal in the men’s high jump. Tejaswin, who holds India’s national record in high jump, also created history by winning India’s first Commonwealth Games medal in the event with his highest jump of 2.22 meters in the final.

Tejaswin made a successful start with a height of 2.1o in this high jump final held at the Alexander Stadium, the main venue of the Commonwealth Games, on Wednesday, 3 August. He crossed it in a single attempt. After this, Tejaswin crossed the bar of 2.15, 2.19 and 2.22 meters in just one attempt each.

By this time he had come in third place and ahead of him was Australia’s Brandon Starc and New Zealand’s Hamish Karr. Both had crossed the height of 2.25 meters, but here Tejaswin missed and could not cross even in two attempts. However, his last rival Donald Thomas of the Bahamas also got stuck at this height and failed in all three attempts. In such a situation, Tejaswin’s third position was confirmed, as he had not failed in any attempt before, while Thomas had failed once in 2.15m and 2.22m each.

Thus, in the event of a tie, the athlete with the fewest failed attempts is considered the winner. Tejaswin took advantage of this only. After the medal was confirmed, Tejaswin increased the height from 2.25 to 2.28, but he failed in it. Despite this, his medal was confirmed and he won the historic bronze.

This medal of Tejaswin is not only historic, but also very special, because he was not even selected for these games earlier. The Athletics Federation of India did not give Tejaswin a chance in the 36-member squad selected for the CWG, as he did not participate in the AFI qualifying event, but achieved the AFI-set mark at the Kansas University event in the US. . Tejaswin then approached the Delhi High Court, from where the court directed the AFI and the Indian Olympic Association to include him. Even after following the court’s order, the problem was not over as the organizing committee of the Games had turned down the IOA’s request in the first instance. However, it was accepted at the last moment. After this the issue of visa also got stuck and finally he could leave for Birmingham only after 31 August.

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