High jump athlete Tejaswin Shankar breaks national record and qualified for 2018 Common Wealth Games.
Patiala – Delhi youngster Tejaswin Shankar claimed high jump gold as 3 athletes have booked their CWG berths on third day of 22nd Federation Cup National Senior Championships. This 19 year old Shankar has crossed the bar at 2.28m marginally to improve his own national mark 2.26m which he achieved in Coimbatore 2016 during Junior National Championship.He breached Athetics Federation of India qualifying 2.25 m for upcoming common wealth games.He had earlier claimed 2.28 mt at a collegiate event in the USA.
Shankar did not begin well in competition as he fluffed his 1st jump at 2.10 m but made attemts later to steadily cros 2.14,2.18,2.25m.He then cleared 2.28m in very first attempt to set national record. Following this rhymth Shankar is pursuing at Kannas State University on 4year undergraduate programme through scholarship he was eager to give a try at 2.3m and although he became close to clearing the height he failed in three attempts.
Delhi athlete Siddharth Yadav of Haryana delivered the performances of his career 2.28m and finished with silver. L.Suriya also made cut-off mark in women’s 1000 mt race by 32.23.96 5,000m.
Coach Surender Singh told that national record of 4.15 is managed to clear 3.90m to finish 10cm of the CWG qualifying guidelines.She finished ahead of Khyati Vakharia cleared 3.80m and Krishna Rachna 3.70m. Javelin thrower Anu Rani needed to exceed her personal best 6.18m in order to match qualifying guidelines of 62m. Pushpa Jhaka of Hyderabad finished 2nd 53.70 m while Sharmila Kumari finished 3rd with 53.53 seconds.