Good Sports: Long Jumpers Qualify for World Championships
Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal in javelin has inspired other Indian track and field athletes, who hope to follow the trailblazer to Olympic glory. Among them are two young long jumpers who recently qualified for next month’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
[Left] Sreeshankar & Jeswin
Competing at the recent Federation Cup at Calicut University in Kerala, 21-year-old Jeswin Aldrin of Tamil Nadu jumped 8.37m while his friend and rival, 23-yearold Sreeshankar Murali of Kerala, was just a centimeter behind. Aldrin won the gold medal, but because his jump was wind-aided, the national record went to Murali.
“It’s a really good sign for Indian long jump that we have two jumpers who can do better than 8.35m,” Sreeshankar told The Indian Express. “We are really good friends off the field and have backed each other. I have known him since our junior days and he always wishes me after every competition.”
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