Murali Sreeshankar secured third place in the long jump event at the Paris Diamond League on Friday. This accomplishment makes him the 3rd Indian athlete to finish among the top 3 in a Diamond League event, joining Neeraj Chopra and Vikas Gowda. It is noteworthy that Neeraj Chopra holds the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Diamond League meet and a Diamond League trophy. Vikas Gowda excelled in the discus throw discipline.
Sreeshankar made his second Diamond League appearance at the Paris event, following his debut in Monaco last year. In Monaco, he secured a 6th-place with a jump of 7.94m.
During the Paris Diamond League, Sreeshankar delivered his best performance in the third of his six jumps, reaching a distance of 8.09m. This secured him the third position, trailing behind Miltiadis Tentoglou (8.13m) of Greece, the Olympic champion, and Simon Ehammer of Switzerland, World Championships bronze medallist, who jumped 8.11m. Maykel Masso from Cuba, the reigning Olympic bronze medalist, finished in sixth place with a best jump of 7.83m.
Sreeshankar’s leap of 8.09m falls short of his personal best of 8.36m. He will now head back to India to participate in the Inter-State meet scheduled in Bhubaneswar. Prior to this event, he emerged victorious in competitions held in Greece and the USA.