Tejaswin Shankar won India’s first high jump medal in Commonwealth Games history.

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Tejaswin Shankar of India won the bronze medal in the men’s high jump final with a mark of 2.22m on Wednesday at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. In the men’s high jump event, the 23-year-old won the country’s first athletics medal. World indoor bronze medalist Hamish Kerr won gold for clearing 2.25m, beating out defending champion Brandon Starc of Australia due to fewer fouls.

Tejaswin Shankar of India began with a successful jump of 2.10m in his first attempt. Shankar took a smooth jump and easily cleared the 2.15m hurdle on his first attempt.

Tejaswin Shankar executed the 2.19m jump with authority. Throughout the game, Shankar had no trouble getting over the bar again, with a 2.22m jump on his first attempt.

However, the Indian high jumper failed to clear the 2.25m hurdle bar on both his first and second attempts. He decided to skip the 2.25m third attempt and went straight for 2.28m, which he failed to clear. With his failed attempts, he had to settle for bronze at the Birmingham 2022 Olympics.

Former world and Commonwealth Games champion Donald Thomas of the Bahamas tied Tejaswin Shankar at 2.22m, but the Indian athlete took bronze due to fewer fouls.

Tejaswin Shankar finished sixth in the Gold Coast event in 2018 with a best jump of 2.24m. Shankar has a season’s best of 2.27m and a personal best of 2.29m and was added to the Indian athletics squad on the orders of the Delhi High Court.

CHECK OUT Tejaswin Shankar’s bronze-medal high jump.

Tejaswin Shankar was cleared to compete in the Commonwealth Games on July 22 after the organisers accepted his entry at the request of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), bringing an end to a month-long saga surrounding his participation. The organisers initially rejected Shankar’s late entry, but after a Delegate Registration Meeting, the IOA received confirmation from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Birmingham CWG organisers that his entry had been accepted (DRM).

Tejaswin Shankar filed a petition in the Delhi High Court challenging the AFI’s decision to exclude him from the team, claiming that he met the AFI’s qualification guidelines by jumping 2.27m at the NCAA Championships in the United States, where he is studying.

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