India gets another Olympic quota, Sreeshankar wins Tokyo ticket with national record in long jump
Murali Sreeshankar has made a ticket to Tokyo by breaking his own national record by performing brilliantly.
In the same year, India has got another quota in the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Long-jumper Murli Sreeshankar provided this quota to India. Murali ticketed Tokyo with an 8.26-meter jump in the Federation Cup being played in Patiala. Sreeshankar has achieved this ticket while breaking his own national record. His previous national record was 8.20 meters. This is the 51st quota India got in the Olympic Games.
Sreeshankarwas selected in the Indian team in the Commonwealth Games played at Gold Coast, Australia in 2018, but he had appendix surgery before the tournament due to which he could not participate in the Games. In the Asian Games played in Jakarta, Indonesia, he finished sixth with a jump of 7.95 meters. He made a strong start in the final and covered a distance of 7.95 meters in the first jump. He was fouled in the second attempt. In the third attempt, he jumped 8.11 meters and gave his best performance. In the fourth attempt, he was foul. After this, he set a new national record.