Murali Sreeshankar long jump Olympics 2021 Athletics LIVE: Murali's Olympic journey over as he fails to qualify for final

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 31, 2021 16:59 IST

Catch all LIVE updates as India's Murali Sreeshankar takes part in long jump event at Olympics 2021


16:59 (IST)31 JUL 2021

It was a tough day for Indian fans at the Olympics. 

In boxing, fan favourite Amit Panghal was knocked out, then the shooting team failed to qualify for the final in 50m air rifle 3-position. Pooja Rani, Murali Sreeshankar also bowed out today. 

The only good thing that happened was Kamalpreet Kaur throwing a 64m to qualify for the women's discus throw final. Her throw has also put her in contention for a medal at the Olympics.

From tomorrow, the wrestling event begins. India will begin its campaign from August 3.

Let's hope things change in the coming days.

Until then take care and goodbye.

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Another heatbreak

Murali Sreeshankar is out of the Olympics. He finishes 13th in his group and 25th overall.

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Quick recap on how to qualify

Qualification Rules: Qualifying performance 8.15 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final

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Heartbreak in Badminton

PV Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu-Ying in the semifinal 21-18, 21-12. She will now compete for the bronze medal.

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Current Records

Can anyone break the World and Olympic record at this Olympics?

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Group A top 10

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Top 10 in Group B
©Murali Sreeshankar is ranked 12th.

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Murali is not happy

The Indian jumper leaps 7.41m. Still not good enough.

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The World Champ is through to the final. He jumps 8.14m with a strapped knee and once again injures self upon landing.

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Murali is now 11th in the rankings. He is next in the jump.

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Look whose back

The  World Champ Gayle is back. He has a knee brace though. Certainly will have to be careful going forward. His best attempt so far is 6.72m.

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Boxer Satish Kumar might not compete in the quarterfinal tomorrow due to injury.

Read More About in as national coach gives update on Kumar's injury in exclusive interview.

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Results so far (Group B)

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World Champion OUT!

It seems Tajay Gayle of Jamaica is out of the competition after a bad landing.  He has hurt his knee and by the looks of it he is unlikely to return.

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Finland's Pulli Kristian jumps 7.96m.

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In Badminton,

It is a match you should not miss. Both the shuttles are testing each other to the wire.

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Murali in action
Misses! It was a good flight by India from the board but he could not break the qualification mark. 

Third attempt 7.51m.

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Three jumpers confirm direct qualification

1) ECHEVARRIA Juan Miguel (CUB) - 8.50
2) TENTOGLOU Miltiadis (GRE) - 8.22
3) HASHIOKA Yuki - 8.17

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Murali Sreeshankar jumps 7.69m.

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Pooja Rani bows out of the Olympics

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Top 10 jumps of 2021

At the time when Murali Sreeshankar made the national record, he was the fourth best. Now, he has the 13th best jump this year.

Greece's Tentoglou Miltiadis is the best jumper this with 8.60m.

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Qualification rule

To qualify directly, the jumped needs to make a leap of at least 8.15m. Otherwise, they need to be amongst the top12 best performers advance to the Final

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The Long Jump Qualification begins

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In another competition,

Pooja Rani is in action in the quarterfinal. She faces number two seed Li Qian of China.

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PV Sindhu will also be in action in the semifinal. If she wins today, she will confirm India at least a silver medal.

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Target of 8.35m

Murali Sreeshankar has put a realistic target of 8.35m at the Olympics. He feels the leap would be enough to confirm a medal for India.

Read how the 22-year-old plans to do it at the grandest stage of all.

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Mathematics and long jump go hand in hand for Murali Sreeshankar. The 22-year-old Tokyo Olympics-bound long jumper from Kerala is a national record holder with an 8.26m leap, which he achieved at the 2021 Federation Cup in Patiala.

READ more about how maths, one subject which many run away from, helped him create a national record.

14:59 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Sportskeeda's LIVE athletics blog. 

In the track & field events, our focus now is on Murali Sreeshankar, who is India's lone participant in the long jump event. 

The national record holder and sixth top jumper in Asia will be in action in less than an hour from now. 

Murali Sreeshankar has trained under his father S. Murali, a former triple jump athlete and South Asian Games silver medalist.

He is currently 35th in the World Athletics rankings and the 22-year-old has been training at the recently-built synthetic track stadium at Government Medical College in Palakkad, Kerala. 

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.
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