Birmingham: Tejaswin Shankar had reached Birmingham three days back. He was the last name to be included in the Indian contingent to leave for Birmingham, but he has won the first medal for India in track and field at this year’s event.
India’s high jumper Tejaswin Shankar has got his name registered in the record books. He opened the account of India’s medals in the track and field event at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Tejaswin Shankar won a bronze. Not only this, Tejaswin became the first athlete to win a medal for India in the high jump at any Commonwealth Games.
Tejaswin won the bronze medal with a jump of 2.22m in the final of the men’s high jump event.
Shri @TejaswinShankar ji has created history by winning a Bronze medal in the High Jump event of #CommonwealthGames2022.
We are all proud of your historic victory that won India a medal for the first time in the CWG high jump competition.
Hearty congratulations to you!
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 4, 2022
The Athletics Federation of India had initially dropped Tejaswin Shankar, who was practicing in the USA, from the Indian team because he did not participate in India’s national inter-state meet. After this, he challenged this decision in the Delhi High Court.
Approved later, replacement made
However, Tejaswin was allowed to participate in the Commonwealth Games at the behest of the Delhi High Court. Tejaswin Shankar was eventually included in the Indian squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games as a replacement for injured relay runner Arokia Rajeev. Now Tejaswin has shown the Athletics Federation of India that trusting him is not in vain.
Tejaswin finished sixth in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. However, in the last four years, he has improved his performance significantly. Tejaswin gave his heart to win this medal. In the end, Tejaswin wanted to target the gold as well. He tried to jump 2.28m and tried to overtake Hamish Kerr of New Zealand, but failed.
National record also in the name of Tejaswin
Tejaswin also holds a national record in high jump. He has also put a jump of 2.27 meters this season. At the same time, his personal best is 2.29 meters. Though he failed to replicate this performance in the final, Tejaswin definitely created history. During the final in Birmingham, Shankar jumped 2.10m, 2.15m, 2.19m and 2.22m in his first attempts.
New Zealand athlete won gold
Tejaswin claimed the bronze medal with a jump of 2.22m as two of his competitors failed to jump 2.25m and failed to do so in three attempts. In the final of the men’s high jump, Hamish Kerr of New Zealand won the gold medal with a jump of 2.25 meters. At the same time, Australia’s Brandon Starc won the silver medal.