Triple jumpers Unnikrishnan, Aboobacker win bronze at international meets

India’s Karthik Unnikrishnan finished third in the Papaflessia International Athletics Meeting 2023 at the Ethnikon Stadium, Kalamata, Greece on Thursday.

Published : Jun 01, 2023 15:48 IST - 0 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: Abdulla Aboobacker (Right) in action.
FILE PHOTO: Abdulla Aboobacker (Right) in action. | Photo Credit: AP

FILE PHOTO: Abdulla Aboobacker (Right) in action. | Photo Credit: AP

Abdulla Aboobacker, the Commonwealth Games triple jump silver medallist from Kerala, produced a season-best 16.80m as he won the bronze at the Montreuil International Meeting, a World Athletics Continental Tour-Silver event, in Montreuil, France, on Wednesday.

Abdulla, the No. 3 in India’s all-time triple jump list with 17.19m which came last year, won the Federation Cup gold recently with 16.76m, his previous best this season.

Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist, last year’s World Championships silver medallist and the indoor World record-holder with 18.07m, won the gold in Montreuil with a wind-assisted 17.29m (+3.5) while Algeria’s Yasser Mohammed Triki, who was fifth in the last Olympics, took the silver with 17.01.

Karthik opens international season with bronze

Meanwhile, another Kerala triple jumper Karthik Unnikrishnan (personal best 17.10m, 2022) opened his international season with 16.05m that brought him the bronze in the Papaflessia meet, a Continental Tour-Challenger event, at Kalamata in Greece.

Greek Dimitrios Tsiamis (personal best 17.55m) and Armenia’s Levon Aghasyan, who took the gold and silver, were just one centimetre better than Karthik, with both finishing with 16.06m.

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