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Long Jumper Murali Sreeshankar out of 2024 Paris Olympics due to knee injury

Published at :April 18, 2024 at 3:03 PM
Modified at :May 4, 2024 at 11:30 PM
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(Courtesy : India Today)

Shashank Tripathi

He was the only long jumper from India to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

Indian hopes for a medal in the long jump event at the 2024 Paris Olympics have suffered a major blow as Murali Sreeshankar is set to miss the sporting mega-fest due to a knee injury.

Murali Sreeshankar announced on Thursday, April 18, that he would miss the upcoming Paris Olympics due to an injury. The Indian athletics star took to social media and uploaded a post where he penned a heartfelt note to the country and his fans regarding his injury and missing the Olympics. He wrote in the post:

“I suffered a knee injury during training on Tuesday, and all tests and consultations later, it’s been decided that I would need surgery, ruling me out of the one single thing I have chased relentlessly all these years,”

He wrote further: “My journey to a comeback began the minute I injured my knee. This road is going to be long, difficult and will take a lot out of me. The good thing is, I have a lot to give. I will overcome this, because that’s what Mamba Mentality is all about.”

Murali Sreeshankar qualified for the 2024 Olympics at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok, held in July last year. The Indian long jump star clinched a silver medal with an impressive 8.37-meter leap. The qualification mark for the Paris 2024 men’s long jump event was set at 8.27 meters, a target that the Arjuna awardee surpassed with ease.

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In 2022, Murali Sreeshankar set a new national record with an 8.36-meter jump in Kozhikode. The 25-year-old represented India at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, securing a silver medal at both events.

Owing to his exceptional performances and consistency, he emerged as one of India’s prime medal prospects for the 2024 Paris Olympics, following in the footsteps of ‘Golden Boy’ Neeraj Chopra in javelin throw.

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