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CWG 2022: Tejaswin Shankar creates Commonwealth Games history, wins India’s first medal in high jump

CWG 2022: India’s account has been opened in the track and field events at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. High jumper Tejaswin Shankar won the bronze medal on Wednesday and created history in the process.

Shankar, 23, won the 18th medal for the country at the Commonwealth Games 2022. This is the first high jump medal for India in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand’s Hamish Kerr won the gold and Australia’s Brandon Starc won the silver. Brandon is the brother of fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

So far, India has won 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games 2022.

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2.22 meter jump

Tejaswin Shankar won the medal for the country with a jump of 2.22 metres. He started off by easily clearing 2.10m, but four other athletes managed to cross the 2.15m mark.

Shankar then jumped 2.15 meters. After this he jumped 2.19 meters. He then posted an effort of 2.22 meters and became a medal contender.

After making 4 consecutive jumps, he could not cross the height of 2.25 meters. As Donald Thomas of Bahamas also failed in the 2.25m effort,d Tejaswin won the bronze medal for India. He decided not to take the last jump of 2.28 metres. He had finished sixth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Donald Thomas of the Bahamas and Joe Clarke of England had also posted best efforts of 2.22m along with Shankar, but both took more than one attempt. On the other hand, Tejaswin had crossed it in the very first attempt. That’s why he got the medal.

Included in India’s CWG squad on the orders of Delhi High Court

Tejaswin Shankar was not included in the Indian squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, against which he had reached the Delhi High Court. He was allowed to join the Commonwealth Games squad after the court’s direction. He could not even take part in the opening ceremony of the CWG 2022.

 

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