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Tejaswin Shankar clears 2.29m, betters own Indian high jump mark

High jumper Tejaswin Shankar improved his own national mark of 2.28 metres, scaling 2.29 metres at the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout event in Lubbock, United States, on Friday.

other sports Updated: Apr 28, 2018 18:08 IST
Navneet Singh
Navneet Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Tejaswin Shankar,High jump,India
Tejaswin Shankar, who set the national record of 2.28 metres at the Federation Cup in March, cleared 2.29 metres at the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout event in Lubbock, United States, on Friday.(AP )

India’s rising high jump star Tejaswin Shankar has set a new national record, scaling 2.29m to better his previous mark of 2.28m achieved while winning the title at the Federation Cup athletics meet held at Patiala in March.

The talented Delhi jumper, who trains in the US, achieved the new standard while representing Kansas University in the Texas Tech Corky/Crofoot Shootout competition in Lubbock on Friday.

Tejaswin Shankar cleared 2.29m in his first attempt, finishing way ahead of the competition. Landon Bartel of Nebraska was second at 2.11m with Trey Culver of Texas Tech University, who also cleared 2.11m, placed third.

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Shankar began competition at 2.11m, and then cleared 2.16m. He also had no trouble at 2.21m, and cleared 2.25m in his second attempt. He then attacked 2.29m. The athlete, who tweeted his effort, didn’t mention if he tried to go higher.

Ratifying the record, however, will be subject to a dope test being done after the competition. Without that the technical committee of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) will not include it in the record books.

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The effort should come as some consolation for the teenager, whose dreams of winning a medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were dashed after he managed only sixth. At his first major senior international meet in Australia, he could manage only 2.24m.

The Texas performance would have placed him fourth at the CWG, where Australia’s Brandon Starc, brother of fast bowler Mitchell Starc, won gold at 2.32m with the silver and bronze winners tied on 2.30m.

Shankar’s next target is to win a berth for the Asian Games to be staged in Jakarta from August 18-September 2. His next meet in India will be the Inter-State Athletics, slated to be held in Kolkata from June 23-26 and the final qualifying competition for the Games.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 18:08 IST