India’s long jumper Murali Sreeshankar failed to qualify for the final, finishing 13th in his group and 25th in the overall standings at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. The Indian athlete managed 7.43m in his last attempt after recording 7.51m and 7.69m respectively. As a result, Murali missed out on qualifying for the further stages.
On Friday, India’s Mixed Relay team finished last in heats with their season-best time of 3:19.93. As a result, the Indian quartet of Muhammad Anas Yahiya, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, bowed out of the quadrennial event.
MP Jabir too failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the men’s 400m hurdles. Also, Avinash Mukund Sable failed to go in the next round of the men’s 3000m steeplechase final. Running in heat 2, Sable finished with a timing of 8:18.12 on 7th position and improved on the National Record of 8:20.20The string of defeats continued as Dutee Chand too failed to progress to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m event. Running in heat 5, Dutee finished with a timing of 11.54 and finished 7th.
“During the operation, I was hospitalised for eight weeks. It was not a normal appendicitis operation as the organ had burst and the situation was critical. I never thought I would make a comeback before two years – that’s what the doctors agreed upon,” Sreeshankar had then said to The Bridge. But, two years for recovery were probably for ordinary people like you and me. Not for Murali Sreeshankar. Instead, he was out of bed in a couple of months and went on to compete at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in the month of June in Japan. Visibly weak due to the surgery and liquid diet, Sreeshankar jumped 7.47m and brought home the bronze medal from Japan!