Tejaswin Shankar breaks national record indoors

Shankar’s effort was also an indoor Indian record, nine centimetres above his previous best of 2.19m which came in the US in January.

Tejaswin Shankar also cleared the Athletics Federation of India’s entry standard (‘guideline’ as the AFI calls it) of 2.25m for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in April. (File Photo)   -  V. Raju

Tejaswin Shankar has done it again. Fifteen months after breaking Hari Shankar Roy’s 12-year-old National men’s high jump record with 2.26m at the Junior Nationals in Coimbatore, the Delhi youngster raised it to 2.28m in the Big 12 Indoor Athletics Championships at Iowa in the US on Saturday.

That puts the 19-year-old, who was competing for the Kansas State University, fifth in this year’s list of high jumpers from Commonwealth countries, after Donald Thomas and Jamal Wilson (Bahamas, both with 2.31m), Britain’s Robbie Grabarz (2.30) and Canada’s Django Lovett (2.29). All these jumps came indoors.

Donald Thomas had won the gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Two other Commonwealth athletes, Malaysian Hup Wei Lee and Australian Brandon Starc, have also done 2.28m in 2018.

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Shankar’s effort was also an indoor Indian record, nine centimetres above his previous best of 2.19m which came in the US in January. He also cleared the Athletics Federation of India’s entry standard (‘guideline’ as the AFI calls it) of 2.25m for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, in April.

“So funny that even after jumping 2.28m I finish third,” tweeted Shankar, who is pursuing business administration at the Kansas State University. American Vernon Turner, who had also cleared 2.28m, took the silver with fewer fouls while Trey Culver (2.31m) won the gold.