Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

Indian athlete and Birmingham Commonwealth Games medallist Murali Sreeshankar marked his return from injury with a gold medal win at the Indian Grand Prix-3 in Bangalore. The 24-year-old made his first appearance after the National Games in October last year. The Indian athlete will now look to kick start his international campaign, competing in Diamond league meets this year.  

The young Indian jumper will be leaving for Texas, USA for a training camp which will be followed by a stint in Europe and the Diamond League. “I will be flying to USA for a training camp day after tomorrow and will be spending some time there. From there we will head to Europe and will compete in some Diamond League meets too,” the long jumper said after his recent win at the Indian Grand Prix 3.

Sreeshankar takes gold at Indian Grand Prix 3

The 24-year-old long jumper who made his first appearance after an injury layoff, claimed a gold at the Indian Grand Prix 3. He registered a jump of 7.94m, comparing it to his personal best of 8.36m, which was a national record until Jeswin Aldrin broke it in the same tournament. 

Sreeshankar, notably returned after recovering from a long-term Grade 2 hamstring injury. He highlighted that he started the rehab in early November 2022, which kept him out of Jumps Nationals in Bellary. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist, “It was my first competition after the injury. I got the rehab done as early as possible. I started training by the end of November. So that’s why I did not compete at the Jumps Nationals at Bellary (in March) because it was too early for me.”

“I just wanted to kick-start things in a good way. As I said, this is my first competition after injury so there is a lot of room for improvement. I will be looking forward to some good performances,” he further added.