High Jumper Tejaswin Shankar Wins Season-Opening Meet In Belgium

Feb 11, 2024

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National record holder in high jump Tejaswin Shankar won the top prize at the International High Jump Gala Elmos 2024 Athletics Meet in Hest-op-den-Berg, Belgium with a jump of 2.23 metres. Shankar, competing for the first time since October last year, finished ahead of Greece's Antonios Merlos (2.20m) in the World Athletics Indoor Tour Challenger event on Saturday. The 25-year-old, who holds both the men's high jump and decathlon national records, however, could not better his personal best of 2.29 metres. Shankar is also focusing on decathlon and won bronze and silver medals in the event at the Asian Championships and Asian Games last year.

Shankar is eyeing a place in the Paris Olympics but for this he will have to achieve the qualifying standard of 2.33 metres.

Other Indian Jessie Sandesh finished joint 10th with a jump of 2.09 metres.

Shankar will next be seen in action at the Hvezdí vs Nehvizdek Athletics Meet in Nehvizdy, Czech Republic on February 20.

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