Commonwealth Games 2022: Tejaswin Shankar Wins High Jump Bronze After Court Battle For Selection

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Commonwealth Games 2022: 23-year-old Tejaswin Shankar, who was a late addition to India’s athletics squad, opened the track and field account for the country in Birmingham with a bronze in men’s high jump.

Tejaswin Shankar capped off a roller coaster lead-up to the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a bronze medal in men’s high jump. The 23-year-old opened India’s account in track and field at the Birmingham Games with a fine showing in the final on Wednesday, August 3.

Tejaswin Shankar took home bronze with a best effort of 2.22m while New Zealand’s Hamish Kerr won Gold with 2.25m and Australia’s Brandon Starc won silver. Tejaswin achieved a season-best of 2.27m in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene in June and he would have won Gold had he matched that feat.

Tejaswin also became the first Indian to win a high jump medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Tejaswin, who cleared heights upto 2.22m in his first attempt, failed to clear 2.25m twice. However, in his third and final attempt, Tejaswin went for 2.28m to put himself in a Gold medal position. The 23-year-old, who has.a personal best of 2.29m, was not able to clear the height but he was elated with his bronze.

Screengrab from CWG 2022 website

Tejaswin Shankar, who finished 6th in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in 2018, was not picked initially in the Indian athletics squad after he failed to compete in an inter-state meet in Chennai, which clashed with his NCAA championships in the United States.

Despite achieving the 2.27m automatic qualifying mark for the CWG, Tejaswin was not considered for selection by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

AGONY TO DELIGHT

Tejaswin took the AFI to court, filing a petition for his inclusion in the Delhi High Court, which ordered the Athletics Federation of India and the Indian Olympic Association to add him to the Indian squad for CWG 2022.

The AFI initially said it would include Tejaswin’s name if the IOA increases the quota for athletics but he was eventually added as a replacement for Arokia Rajiv, the quarter-mile runner who failed his fitness test, in the squad.

However, there was another twist in the tale as IOA had said that the Commonwealth Games had not accepted their entry for Tejaswin. Eventually, it emerged that the Commonwealth Games Federation accepted Tejaswin’s entry after two previous members of Indian squad failed dope tests.

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