Indian long jumper Murali Sreeshankar produced his career’s second-best jump to clinch the gold medal at the 12th International Jumping Meeting in Kallithea, Greece on Wednesday.
Sreeshankar holds the national record of 8.36m, which he had achieved at the Federation Cup last month.
He was followed by Sweden’s Thobias Montler, who claimed silver with an 8.27m jump, and Jules Pommery of France, who bagged bronze with an 8.17m effort in the 10-man field. Only the top three jumpers crossed the 8m-mark.
Competing in his first outdoor international meet since the Tokyo Olympics, Sreeshankar began with jumps of 7.88m and 7.71m before leaping to 8.31m.
Sreeshankar came into the competition on back of an impressive domestic campaign which saw him repeatedly go past the 8m mark. The Kerala logged athlete 8.14m and 8.17m at the season-opening Indian Open Jumps Competitions in Thiruvanthapuram before breaking his national record at the Federation Cup in Kozhikode after a close battle with Tamil Nadu’s Jeswin Aldrin.
Jeswin, currently India’s second-best long jumper, was also in action on Wednesday as he finished fifth with a best effort of 7.69m at the 17th Iberoamerican Meeting in Huelva, Spain.
Filip Pravdiva of Croatia (7.91m), Uruguay’s Emiliano Lasa (7.82m) and Peruvian Jose Luis Mandros (7.77m) completed the top three of the seven-man field.