Birmingham| Team India's athlete Murali Sreeshankar on Thursday achieved a historic feat as he clinched the silver medal for India in the long jump competition in the ongoing Commonwealth Games. His counterpart Muhammed Anees Yahiya despite giving his best ended in the fifth spot. Murali Sreeshankar has now become the first Indian athlete to win the silverware in the Commonwealth Games. Sreeshankar who was touted as the favorite to win the gold medal registered a jump of 8.08m and clinched the silver in his fifth attempt.
Murali Sreeshankar came second to Bahamas's Laquan Nairn who won the gold medal. The gold medal winner had also registered his best jump of 8.08m but he raced past Sreeshankar with his second best which was 7.98m as compared to the Indian athlete's 7.84m. As the rules have it, if two jumpers are tied on the same distance, the second best will be considered as one of the major parameters to determine the winner. Following Bahamas's Laquan Nairn and India's Murali Sreeshankar, it was South African Jovan van Vuuren who won the bronze medal as he covered 8.06m.