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Mruali Sreeshankar: India’s Murali Sreeshankar created history by winning a silver medal in the men’s long jump event of the Commonwealth Games athletics event here on Thursday but missed out on the gold medal. Murali Sreeshankar showed a wonderful game and put a medal in India’s bag.

First Indian to win a medal in this event

Murali Sreeshankar is the first Indian athlete to win a medal in the men’s long jump event of the Commonwealth Games. Sreeshankar, a strong contender for the gold medal, won the silver medal in his fifth attempt with a distance of 8.08 meters. Lecuan Nairn of the Bahamas, who won the gold medal, also made a best effort of 8.08m in his second attempt. Lekuan’s second best effort of 7.98m, however, was better than Sreeshankar’s second best effort of 7.84m, for which he was declared the winner.

Wind also became an obstacle in winning the gold medal

The wind speed at the time of Murali Sreeshankar’s attempt was plus 1.5 meters per second while that of Nairn’s attempt was minus 0.1 meters per second. Also Lecuan achieved this distance in his second attempt and got little help from the air. South Africa’s Yovan Van Vuren won the bronze medal with an effort of 8.06m.

Gold missed because of this

Both Murali Sreeshankar and Yahiya fell far short of their personal and season bests of 8.36m and 8.15m respectively. If these two had matched their personal best performance, then India could have got gold and silver medals. Sreeshankar was the only player in the qualifying round to achieve an automatic qualifying level of eight metres with a time of 8.05 metres.

Sreeshankar and Yahia were finishing sixth and eighth respectively after three attempts in the six-attempt final. After three attempts in a twelve-player final, only the top eight players are allowed to make the next three attempts.

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