He is likely to be kicking himself every time he thinks of the missed probabilities on the current World Athletics Championships however M. Sreeshankardoes not present it out.
The nationwide file holder (8.36m) started as one of many favorites for a medal on the Worlds. He becamefirst Indian lengthy jumper to qualify for the ultimate however might notraise the bar and completed seventh with 7.96m in Oregon.
“It was a good opportunity at the Worlds. I couldn’t properly connect the jumps in the final, made some technical mistakes,” mentioned Sreeshankar, the No. 1 Commonwealth Games jumper, in a chat with TheHindufrom Birmingham on Thursday.
The 23-year-old has proven what he’s able to in the previous couple of years however he has not been in a position to reproduce the massive jumps on the majors. He was seventh on the Indoor Worlds early this 12 months, did not make the finals finally 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics. and on the 2019 Worlds and was sixth on the 2018 Asian Games and under-20 Worlds.
“All small steps towards the big target… I am in the mix right now. Will do good here,” mentioned Sreeshankar, this 12 months’s joint World No. 2 with Greece’s Olympic champion MiltiadisTentoglouand China’s World champion JiananWang.
Wang had a horrible 12 months and had only one outside competitors (7.67m), previous to Oregon. And the Chinese, who had a better of 8.03m until the fifth spherical, uncorked an enormous 8.36m in his final bounce to seize the Worlds gold.
Is Sreeshankarlooking for such luck?
“Wang wasn’t lucky, he has been jumping good in the past too. He got his technique right at the right time,” said Sreeshankar.
“He deserved it, he was like 4th, 5th, 6thmultiple times. Finally, he landed on top.”
Sreeshankarwas one of many three Commonwealth jumpers to enter the Worlds closing, the others being Australian Henry Frayne(twelfth hand final with 7.80m) and Jamaican Wayne Pinnock (ninth, 7.88m). However, Pinnock doesn’t determine within the Jamaican group for Birmingham.
Fraynehad gained the silver on the final Commonwealth Games with 8.33m.
S. Murali, Sreeshankar’sdad and coach, feels that it could not want an enormous bounce to hit gold in Birmingham.
“8.10m could bring the gold and silver and bronze could go for something between 7.92 and 8m. Competition will be good, there’s an Australian (Frayne), a South African and our own Muhammed Anees,” mentioned Murali.