Birmingham: India bagged its sixth gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Sudhir won the gold medal in men’s para weightlifting by scoring 134.5 points. 34.5 points is a new world record. Sudhir was ahead of other players throughout this match. With this win, India is seventh in the medal tally with 6 gold medals.
Meanwhile, India’s Murali Sreesankar has created history in Commonwealth history in long jump. On the 7th day today, he won a silver medal in the long jump. His achievement has added significance as it is the first silver medal in men’s long jump in Commonwealth history.
In the men’s long jump final, he cleared a distance of 8.08 meters to win the country’s seventh silver medal. Yesterday Tejaswin Shankar bagged India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in men’s high jump. As such, this is India’s second Commonwealth Games medal in athletics.
Sreesankar cleared 7.60m in his first attempt in the long jump final. Distance, he cleared 7.84m in his next two attempts and 8.08m in his fifth attempt to finish second. In the same category, Laquan Nairn of the Caribbean Islands of Bahamas won the gold medal. Although he also missed the length by 8.08m, he missed the gold medal by clearing a distance (7.98m) more than Sreesankar in his second attempt.
Meanwhile, another Indian player, Muhammad Anees Yahia, cleared 7.97 meters to finish 5th in this category.
Silver medalist Murali Sreesankar hails from Palakkad district of Kerala bordering Tamil Nadu. A national record holder in long jump, Sreesankar has been showered with accolades after winning silver at the Commonwealth Games.