CWG 2022: Unsure of participating a few days back, Tejaswin Shankar wins India’s first track and field medal

On Wednesday, he stood on the podium at the Alexander Stadium here, with a bronze medal around his neck and a smile of satisfaction on his lips as he won his first medal in a major multi-discipline international competition.

After not being selected for the Games because he had not participated in the inter-state meeting – which were the trials, his name was finally cleared for participation by the court and it was only last week that the organizers relented. and allowed him to join the Indian athletics team as a late replacement. He had reached Birmingham three days earlier.

He gave a befitting reply to all his critics, silent and strong, which makes his bronze medal on par with gold.

With a brilliant jump on the bar, 23-year-old Tejaswin silenced his critics by winning a bronze medal in the men’s high jump, India’s first medal in athletics at the 2022 edition of the Games and the country’s 29th medal in track. Grounds at the Commonwealth Games.

The medal was not easy as Tejaswin had to overcome a tough challenge to get it. His best effort of the day of 2.22m – not his personal best effort – was nonetheless significant as it earned him third place on the podium.

New Zealand’s Hamish Kerr won the gold with a best jump of 2.25 – the same as Australia’s Brandon Starc, who eventually won the silver with a 2:19m. He cleared it but soon joined the chasing pack, who were looking for an opportunity.

Tejaswin eventually won the medal with a jump of 2.22, attempting a 2.25 lift, assured himself of a bronze. He tried on 2.25 regarding the ceiling win.

“Medals mean the world to me. Five days ago I wasn’t even sure whether I’d be here or not. To go home with some hardware today, it’s just people’s wishes, my family’s support mother’s support β€œShe was awake all night looking at me, she has been on it for the last one and a half months. It has been a tough journey for us as a family, but in the end everyone came together and made it happen,” Tejaswin said in a bronze. Said after winning the medal.

“I am thankful to the federation, the IOA and everyone who did this at the last minute, who put me in this position. I am not one of those people who make excuses for not being here and just because I am here, I I want to give my best,” Tejaswin said.

Although he tried to go higher and fight for the silver medal. He said that although he doubted whether it was too late to attend the Commonwealth Games, he continued to fight and practice. On Wednesday, he played a tactical game, first ensuring that he won the bronze medal before attempting to add a few more inches to the height he had already cleared, but could not.

Though Tejaswin couldn’t come close to his personal best, it was enough for him to enter the history books as India’s first high jumper to win a medal in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games.

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