WATCH | Murali Sreeshankar qualifies for Paris Olympics with mammoth jump

WATCH | Murali Sreeshankar qualifies for Paris Olympics with mammoth jump

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India's Murali Sreeshankar has been in decent form this year and is one of the top long jumpers this year. At the Asian Athletics Championship 2023, not only did he bag a silver medal with a jump of 8.37m but also made the cut for the Paris Olympics, where the cut was set at 8.27m.

Meanwhile, Yu Tang Lin of Chinese Taipei clinched gold with a jump of 8.40m (+0.3), with Sreeshankar getting the silver at 8.37m (-1.1). China's Mingkun Zhang finished third with a jump of 8.08m. Not just that, the Indian jumper had five jumps of over 8m which is a rare sight. 

That also makes him the first track & field athlete to qualify for the Olympics. Prior to this, Sreeshankar had already qualified for the Budapest World Championships in August with his career-best and world-second-ranked jump of 8.41m during the qualification round of the National Inter-State Championships last month.

Not only that, Sreeshankar had also bagged a historic bronze at Paris Diamond League with a best jump of 8.09m.

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