Tejaswin Shankar- A Star to look out forMarch 8, 2018
The high jump isn’t one of India’s sporting strengths. But that might soon change this Common Wealth Games 2018. Tejaswin Shankar, the national record holder in the high jump, stamped his class on his competitors in the Federation Cup in Patiala on Wednesday. The 19-year-old stormed through the competition by clearing 2.28m to set a new National record, bettering his own mark of 2.26m set two years ago.
He narrowly missed the 2.31m mark in his final attempt, however, he was satisfied with his performance nonetheless. “For me, winning a National championship is like an ego booster bigger than anything else so I am not unhappy with missing the 2.31m mark, it will happen. I am looking at that and above, no set target though,” he said.
The Indian, who is currently studying at the Kansas State University through scholarship did attempt the 2.31m mark, but failed in all his three attempts. It is interesting to note that 2.31m would have been enough for him to win a CWG gold four years ago.
The nation hopes to see him on the podium in the Gold Coast.