Long jumper Murley Sreeshankar qualified for the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, breaking his own national record with an 8.26m jump on the second day of the National Adult Athletics Championships for the Federation Cup.
The qualification rating of the Olympic Games in the men’s long jump is 8.22 m.
The 8.26-meter jump of the 21-year-old athlete from Kerala came in his fifth attempt as he improved on his previous national record of 8.20m, set in 2018.
He started with an 8.02m jump before improving to 8.04m, 8.07m and 8.09m in his next three jumps before touching 8.26m in his fifth attempt. He had no mark (NM) in his last jump.
Another Kerala jumper, Mohamed Anies Yahya (8m) and S Lokesh (7.60m) from Karnataka took silver and bronze respectively.
Five runners (KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Rohilla in the men’s 20km and Bhawana Jat and Priyanka Goswami in the women’s 20km), two javelin throwers (Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh), Avinash Sable (men 3000m hurdles) and the mixed 4x400m relay team previously qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.