M. Sreeshankar

M. Sreeshankar (Murali Sreeshankar) Biography, Wiki, Height, Age, Family, Biography & More

Murali Sreeshankar (born March 27, 1999), commonly known as M. Sreeshankar, is an Indian long jump athlete. He owns the national record of 8.36 meters, which he set in 2022. He hits the headlines as he qualified for the final round of the 2022 World Athletics Championships and finished seventh with a jump of 7.96 m.

M. Sreeshankar Early Life

Sreeshankar is trained by his father S. Murali, a former triple jump athlete and South Asian Games silver winner. As a four-year-old, Sreeshankar would follow his father to practices when his father saw his ability as a sprinter. Sreeshankar was a state-level under-10 champion in the 50m and 100m, but at the age of 13, he converted from sprinting to long jump. His mother, K. S. Bijimol, had won a silver medal in the 800m at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in 1992. Sreeparvathy, his sister, is a heptathlete. Sreeshankar is a BSc mathematics student at Government Victoria College in Palakkad as of August 2019.

Sreeshankar is a member of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Target Olympic Podium (TOP) program. He is sponsored by JSW Sports and assisted by JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport in Karnataka’s Bellary district.

Full Name

Murali Sreeshankar

Name M. Sreeshankar
Age 23 Years old
Profession Indian Athlete (Long Jump)
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 180 cm
in meters– 1.80 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms-65 kg
in pounds-143 lbs
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Natural Black
International Debut Pierre-Benite Envol meet at Lyon (France) in June 2019
Coach/Mentor • S. Murli
• Bedros Bedrossian (International coach)
Event Long Jump
Records • He is the only Indian long jumper to qualify for the Olympics (as of 2022).
• In 2022, he set a national record of 8.36 meters.
Date of Birth 27 March 1999 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2022) 23 Years
Birthplace Palakkad, Kerala
Zodiac sign Aries
Nationality Indian
School Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode
Hometown Palakkad, Kerala
College/University • NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad
• Government Victoria College, Palakkad
Educational Qualification Bachelor of Science (mathematics)
Hobbies Spending time with friends, playing mobile games, watching movies
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife/Spouse N/A
Parents Father– S Murali (an Indian Railways employee and former triple jumper)
Mother– KS Bijimol (former 800m runner)
Siblings Sister– Sreeparvathy (heptathlete)

M. Sreeshankar Career

  • Sreeshankar cleared a 7.99 m leap at the Federation Cup in Patiala in March 2018. He was nominated to the Indian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games but had to withdraw 10 days before the event due to appendicitis.
  • Following an emergency appendectomy, he was placed on a liquid diet, resulting in considerable weight loss and an inability to walk correctly.
  • Two months later, despite having “less strength, speed, and focus” than before the sickness, he competed in the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu and won bronze with a leap of 7.47 meters.
  • He “struggled with run-up troubles” at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, finishing sixth in the final with 7.95 meters.
  • Sreeshankar broke the national record in September 2018 at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a leap of 8.20 meters.

  • It was also the season’s highest leap among under-20 athletes, making him the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which will be held in Doha in September-October.
  • Sreeshankar failed to qualify for the finals at the World Championships, achieving the best leap of 7.62m against a qualification mark of 8.15m.
  • Sreeshankar qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics after setting a new national record with a jump of 8.26m in the Federation Cup in Patiala in March 2021. At the Olympics, he cleared 7.69m in the qualifying round but did not advance to the final.
  • He qualified for the final round of the 2022 World Athletics Championships and finished seventh with a leap of 7.96 m.

M. Sreeshankar Height 

He is blessed with an attractive personality which is enhanced by his black hair and black eyes. His height is 5 feet and 9 inch which is 180 centimeters. He follows a regular and healthy diet in order to keep himself healthy with a weight of 65 kg or 143 lbs.

Some Interesting Facts About M. Sreeshankar

  • Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian athlete who excels in the long jump. He had crossed the 8m mark three times in his career by the age of 20.
  • He qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 on March 16, 2021, with a national record of 8.26 meters, breaking his previous best of 8.20 meters. The qualifying score was 8.22m. This achievement was accomplished at the Federation Cup (Senior Athletics Championships) in Patiala, Punjab. His previous four measurements were 8.02m, 8.04m, 8.07m, and 8.09m. The sole event on the second day of the Federation Cup 2021 was the men’s long jump final.
  • He is the only Indian long jumper to have qualified for the Olympics. Anju Bobby George just missed out on an Olympic ticket in Athens 17 years ago. Both are from the same state, by chance.
  • During his boyhood, he used to run and bounce on the sofa in his Palakkad home. He engraved five big rings on the glass in his room as the Olympic games’ symbol after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  • His father led him to the Government Medical College ground in Palakkad, Kerala, to train for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  • Murali Sreeshankar won bronze at the Asian Junior Championships in Gifu, Japan in 2018 with a jump of 7.47 meters. It was, however, his first international title. He was still not content, and he did not celebrate his victory. It wasn’t his greatest effort. His best result came in March 2018 at the Federation Cup, when he cleared the jump with a leap of 7.99 meters.

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  • Prior to his performance, he was on the Indian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. However, he had been diagnosed with appendicitis ten days previously. He had to withdraw from the event for this reason.
  • On March 26th, he was admitted to the hospital. When he returned home after a week, he had shed 6kg out of 65kg. It was a bad predicament for the young man. He informed the federation that he will be unable to compete at his peak at the upcoming Asian Athletics Championship in 2018. However, due to his previous performances, he was still sent. With his best jump of 7.95 meters, he could only finish sixth.
  • He did not give up after that setback and continued to work hard on his fitness. His family was quite supportive. Both his father and mother were previous athletes at one point in their lives. Sreeshankar might have followed in his father’s footsteps by picking the triple jump as his sport, but he did not. His father revealed the reason in an interview. He disclosed
  • His dedication paid off when he broke the national record with a jump of 8.20 meters in the 2018 National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. With this leap, he became the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which will be held in Doha, Qatar, in September and October. He also smashed Ankit Sharma’s (8.19m) record set in Almaty in 2016.
  • However, it was not ideal for this youngster. He finished 22nd out of 27 long jumpers at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, with the best jump of 7.62 meters. He cleared 7.52m on his first effort, 7.62m on his second, and no mark on his final attempt. The qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships in Doha was 8.15m. With a leap of 8.40m, Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba was the sole holder of that position.
  • He won a gold medal in Greece on May 29, 2022, with a 7.95m leap in the Venizeleia-Chania 2022 sports event.
  • He finished ninth at the 2022 World Athletics Championships after qualifying for the final round and jumping 7.96 meters.

 

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