04 Aug 2022, Birmingham: Tejaswin Shankar bagged historic bronze, first ever medal for India in high jump in CWG medal here on Thursday.
23-year-old Tejaswin Shankar, who was a late addition to India’s athletics squad, opened the track and field account for the country in Birmingham with a bronze in men’s high jump.
Tejaswin Shankar took home bronze with a best effort of 2.22m while New Zealand’s Hamish Kerr won Gold with 2.25m and Australia’s Brandon Starc won silver.
Tejaswin achieved a season-best of 2.27m in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene in June and he would have won Gold had he matched that feat.
Tejaswin also became the first Indian to win a high jump medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Shankar started the event at 2.10 and registered clean jumps at 2.10, 2.15, 2.19, 2.22. At that point only the Indian and gold medallist Hamish Kerr had a clean slate.
Shankar despite clearing the benchmark for CWG selection in the US collegiate circuit – had originally been left out of India’s Commonwealth Games squad for not competing at the National Inter-State Championships in June, seen as the selection meet.
The youngster challenged the Athletics Federation of India’s decision, and the Delhi High Court was in favour of the athlete.
However, organisers in Birmingham did not allow such a late entry to take place, but later rescinded that decision.
All that struggle was put behind as the national record holder (2.29m) won his first Commonwealth Games medal.