High jumper Tejaswin Shankar won the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix with a leap of 2.26m in this season’s second World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, in Boston, USA, on Saturday night.
Tejaswin, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, delivered a faultless performance, clearing 2.14m, 2.19m, 2.23m and 2.26m on his first attempts before going for three attempts at a new PB of 2.30m, which went in vain.
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Tejaswin won the title ahead of Donald Thomas of the Bahamas, the 2007 World Championships and the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
Thomas came up with a jump of 2.23m to settle for second place, while Darryl Sullivan of the USA notched up his Season-Best (SB) indoor leap of 2.19 to finish third.
“Great start to the new year. Excited to be able to compete with the top guys. Thank you @NBIndoorGP,” tweeted Shankar after the victory, with a video of his gold medal-winning jump.
The 24-year-old Indian athlete, who was competing in his first event since graduating from Kansas City University, won his second NCAA title for Kansas State last year.
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Meanwhile, the Netherlands’ Femke Bol, competing in her first meet in 2023, broke a 17-year-old world indoor 500m best with a dominant 1:05.63 run.
American Noah Lyles won the 60m sprinting event, while Grant Holloway, extending his indoor sprint hurdles win streak, won the 60m hurdles title.