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Jeswin Aldrin ends long wait to own men’s Long Jump National Record with 8.42m leap « Athletics Federation of India

Jeswin Aldrin ends long wait to own men’s Long Jump National Record with 8.42m leap « Athletics Federation of India

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Bannihatti (Ballari), March 1:  Jeswin Aldrin (Tamil Nadu) captured the spotlight with a new National Record of 8.42m in men’s Long Jump in the second AFI National Jumps Competition at the Inspire Institute of Sports in Vidyanagar near here this evening. He broke the 8.36m mark set by M Sreeshankar in the Federation Cup in Kozhikode in April last year.

His massive jump put the men’s Triple Jump contest in shade, though Praveen Chithravel (Tamil Nadu) tried hard to make the most of the familiar Mondo runway here and found a meet record with a 17.17m effort. Praveen Chithravel went past the 17m mark three times this evening but the National Record of 17.30m remained elusive.

High Jumper Savesh Anil Kushare (Maharashtra) also took ownership of the meet record with a successful clearance of 2.24m.

Jeswin Aldrin, the 21-year-old who won the Asian Indoor Championships silver medal with a 7.97m effort last month, made the most of being in competitive shape to earn the National Record. That distinction eluded him in Kozhikode where he won gold with a leap of 8.37m but since it was a wind-aided effort, he could not make the record his. 

A measure of his dominance can be had from the fact he was the only competitor to pass the 8m mark this evening. He opened with 8.05m and followed it up with 8.26 before finding the combination of speed and power to get to 8.42m. He could afford to pass the next three jumps, leaving Muhammed Anees Yahiya (Kerala) in a distant second place at 7.85m

“The National record has been a while coming and I am happy it has come at a venue where I have been training. It is the result of the hard work turned in here over the last few years,” he said, having qualified for this year’s World Athletics Championships, Asian Games and next year’s Olympic Games. “I now want to produce this kind of performance in the global level.”

Earlier, Gayathry Sivakumar set a new women’s Triple Jump meet record with a hop, step and jump over 12.98m to break the 12.68m mark set by Aleena Jose in the inaugural edition in Thiruvananthapuram last year. She had only two valid jumps in six attempts, but both were good for gold. She opened with a 12.46 and got the record in her third attempt.

Tamil Nadu’s R Punitha, who edged out an error prone Sharvari Parulekar (Maharashtra) in the contest for the women’s Triple Jump silver medal, saw the tables being turned in the evening when Manisha Merel (Odisha) came up with a…

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