Sreeshankar has trained under his father S. Murali, a former triple jump athlete and South Asian Games silver medalist.
Currently 35th in the World Athletics rankings, the 22-year-old has been training at the recently-built synthetic track stadium at Government Medical College in Palakkad.
Sreeshankar's recent achievements
Sreeshankar cleared a 7.99 m jump at the Federation Cup in Patiala and was named for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. However, he had to pull out just 10 days before the Games after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
Following the surgery, he was placed on a liquid diet, which resulted in significant weight loss and an inability to walk properly.
Sreeshankar made a solid comeback at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships two months later, clinching the bronze medal with a jump of 7.47m.
Then, in September, he broke the national record at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a jump of 8.20m - a world-leading feat that season among Under-20 athletes. It also qualified him for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, where he eventually finished 22nd out of 27 jumpers.
Sreeshankar's Olympic qualification
Sreeshankar broke his own national record with a mark of 8.26m at the 24th Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala this year. That earned him an Olympics 2021 berth.
Sreeshankar's long jump: Date and time
Sreeshankar will be competing in the men's long jump qualification round on Saturday, July 31. Time: 3:40 pm (IST)
Sreeshankar's long jump events: Live telecast details
The Olympics will be broadcast live in different languages on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also livestream the event on the SonyLIV app and website. Doordarshan will telecast India's events at the Tokyo Olympics.
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