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Tokyo Olympics: Sure of landing a medal if I jump around 8.35m, says Sreeshankar

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May 22, 2021 15:41 IST

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Lengthy jumper M Sreeshankar is assured about his possibilities on the Tokyo Olympic Video games, believing that an 8.35m soar will earn him a medal within the showpiece occasion scheduled to be held from July 23.
The 22-year-old, now coaching within the Authorities Medical School in Palakkad, Kerala, stated his sensible purpose can be to leap between 8.35m and eight.40m as his father and coach Muralidaran has envisaged.
“I am figuring out my performance parameters every day. I am getting closer to that big target. There is good enough time left to sharpen the skills,” stated Sreeshankar in a media interplay facilitated by the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday.
“I have some experience of the big events and I am confident in my abilities, I have to be strong in the mental aspect to be at my best in Tokyo,” he added.
Having spent a lot of the final two years away from aggressive motion with a heel damage after which the suspension of competitions due to the pandemic, Sreeshankar made a victorious return with an 8.07m on the Indian Grand Prix-2 after which with a soar of 8.26m within the Federation Cup to rewrite his personal nationwide document and ebook a ticket to the Tokyo Video games.
“When I jumped 8.26m, I took off 10 cm behind the line. With the runway in Tokyo being better, I can jump more than 8.26m if the other parameters are in my favour,” he stated.
“Besides, I felt I was in better rhythm back in 2018 when I jumped 8.20m than in Patiala in March this year. The conditions in Tokyo will enable me to achieve my goals.”
Sreeshankar is conscious that he can be up towards prime quality opponents in Tokyo however is specializing in giving his greatest.

“The fact that competitors who have jumped past 8.50m acts as a motivation but, in the Olympics, it matters what you do on that day. I need to focus on myself and on giving my best. I am sure if I jump around 8.35m I will land a medal.”
Regardless of the pandemic, Sreeshankar is in a optimistic state of mind and says that his coaching has remained unaffected.
“I know my responsibility to the country as a sportsman, as an Olympic hopeful so I am 100 per cent committed towards fulfilling that responsibility towards my nation. So nothing comes in my mind when I think about an Olympic medal,” he stated.
A closing yr B. Sc. Math pupil within the Authorities Victoria School in Pallakad, he’s pleased with the steadiness that maintains between lecturers and sport regardless of the powerful each day schedule during the last 5 or 6 years.
Each his mother and father have been athletes along with his father being a triple jumper and his mom an 800m runner.
Sreeshankar has already obtained his first COVID-19 vaccine dose and is hopeful of competing in competitions in Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan but when journey restrictions stop that, he’ll compete in India.
“Hopefully, the federation will be able to bring in some good competition from overseas in the National Inter-State Championships,” he stated.
Sreeshankar is part of the Goal Olympic Podium Scheme and has up to now obtained Rs 19.76 lakh as monetary assist within the Olympic cycle.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities has supported the Athletics Federation of India via the Annual Calendar for Coaching and Competitors (ACTC) by sanctioning Rs 32.52 crore in 2020-21. (ANI)

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