Tejaswin Shankar

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Tejaswin Shankar
Personal information
Born (1998-12-21) 21 December 1998 (age 23)
Delhi, India
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[1]
Weight81 kg (179 lb)
Sport
CountryIndia
Event(s)High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Outdoor: 2.29 m NR (Lubbock 2018)
Indoor: 2.28 m (Ames 2018)

Tejaswin Shankar (born 21 December 1998) is an Indian athlete who competes in the high jump event. He holds the high jump national record of 2.29 metres set in April 2018.

Early and personal life

Shankar was born on 21 December 1998 in Delhi into a Tamil family. He hails from Saket in South Delhi. He studied at the Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in New Delhi, where he played cricket until eighth grade before his physical education teacher suggested he switch to high jump. He soon started winning medals at inter-school athletics meets. His father Harishankar, a lawyer, died of blood cancer in 2014.[1]

Shankar received a four-year athletics scholarship to the Kansas State University in 2017 where he studies business administration.[2]

Career

Shankar won the gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, setting a Games record of 2.14 metres. He won silver at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a leap of 2.17 metres.[1] Due to a groin injury, he finished sixth at the Asian Junior Championships and missed the 2016 World Junior Championships.[3]

At the age of 17, Shankar rose to prominence when he broke Hari Shankar Roy's 12-year-old national record of 2.25 metres with a jump of 2.26 metres at the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore in November 2016.[4] He was the third best IAAF junior high jumper in the world that year.[5] He was bedridden for six months in 2017 with a slipped disc.[6]

In January 2018, Shankar broke Roy's indoor national record with a mark of 2.18 metres, and then bettered it by a centimetre the same month. In February, he further improved on his indoor record with a 2.28 metres leap at the Big 12 Indoor Athletics Championships in Ames.[7]

Shankar finished sixth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games during qualification for the games Shankar bettered his own national record by jumping 2.28 metres at the 22nd Federation Cup Indian Championships in Patiala in March 2018. It was the joint-best performance to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.[8][9] He further broke his national record by another centimeter representing K-State athletics, jumping 2.29m in April 2018 at the Texas tech invite.

Shankar, who was not initially selected in the 2022 Commonwealth Games contingent despite meeting the qualification standard, took the Athletics Federation of India to court and was later brought in as a replacement. He secured the bronze medal at the event in Birmingham with a jump of 2.22 metres; this was India's first ever high jump medal at the Commonwealth Games.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c Koshie, Nihal (25 December 2016). "Tejaswin Shankar is India's high jump hope". The Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Record breaker Delhi high jumper Tejaswin Shankar idolises Sehwag". Asianet India. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ Pritam, Norris (13 November 2016). "Tejaswin Shankar's journey from budding cricketer to high jump national record holder". Firstpost. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Tejaswin Shankar breaks senior national record". Deccan Chronicle. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ Rayan, Stan (2 March 2018). "Leap of faith". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. ^ Srinivasan, Aneesh (18 July 2017). "Despite career-threatening injury, Tejaswin Shankar sets meet record". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Tejaswin Shankar breaks national high jump record, grabs bronze at Big 12 indoor championships". scroll.in. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Result - Men's High Jump Final". Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  9. ^ Selvaraj, Jonathan. "Tejaswin Shankar equals (own) national record to book Commonwealth berth". ESPN.in. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2022: Tejaswin Shankar wins high jump bronze after court battle for selection". India Today. Retrieved 4 August 2022.

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