Top Indian lengthy jumper Murali Sreeshankar secured a creditable third place within the Paris Diamond League with a soar of 8.09m, his maiden top-three end within the prestigious one-day assembly sequence.
Sreeshankar additionally grew to become the one third Indian to complete in top-three of a Diamond League after Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and former discus thrower Vikas Gowda.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sreeshankar achieved his finest soar of the day in his third try on Friday evening.
His 8.09m effort was beneath his season’s better of 8.18m, which he recorded whereas profitable gold in an occasion in Greece final month. The 24-year-old has a private better of 8.36m that got here final 12 months.
The rivals within the males’s lengthy soar occasion confronted head wind more often than not.
Olympic champion and world primary Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece took the highest spot together with his fifth spherical soar of 8.13m, simply 4cm higher than Sreeshankar.
Switzerland’s World Championships bronze medallist Simon Ehammer completed second together with his fourth spherical soar of 8.11m.
Sreeshankar’s sequence on the Charlety Stadium right here was 7.79m, 7.94m, foul, 7.99m and foul.
He was main after the third spherical earlier than Ehammer and Tentoglou went forward.
The Indian nonetheless completed forward of Cuba’s Olympic bronze medallist Maykel Masso (sixth place with 7.83m) and Sweden’s World No. 4 Thobias Montler (seventh with 7.82m) to hitch the unique three-member DL membership.
Olympic champion Chopra is the reigning Diamond League champion in javelin throw after profitable the Finals in Zurich final September.
He has additionally completed on high in Lausanne and second in Stockholm final 12 months earlier than profitable the season-opening leg in Doha final month.
Gowda had completed second twice — in New York in 2012 and in Doha in 2014 — and third on two events — Shanghai and Eugene in 2015.
Medals are usually not awarded to particular person Diamond League Meetings.
This was Sreeshankar’s second foray within the Diamond League Meeting sequence.
He had completed sixth the Monaco leg final 12 months.
Sreeshankar grabbed six qualification factors for the Diamond League Finals of the season to be held in Eugene, USA, in September.
He may also get priceless rating factors in his bid to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungary, in August.
Sreeshankar, who has been coaching in Greece for the final one month, is but to attain the World Championships computerized entry normal of 8.25m and the deadline is July 30.
He had recorded an 8.29m soar within the USA in April however that got here with a +3.1m/s wind help which is above the permissible restrict of +2m/s.
However, he can nonetheless qualify via the world rating route as he’s on twentieth spot within the Road to Budapest rankings, which would be the foundation to choose 36 rivals for the showpiece.
Compatriot Jeswin Aldrin, who’s presently second within the season’s high record ready by World Athletics, has already certified for the World Championships together with his 8.42m nationwide record-breaking effort on the Indian Open Jumps Competition at Bellary, Karnataka, in March.
Sreeshankar is about to compete within the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar from June 15-19