Indian high jumper Tejaswin Shankar became only third Indian to clinch gold medal at NCAA Track and Field Championship in USA after completing a jump of 2.24 metres in his final attempt.
Before Tejaswin, only two Indian athletes have won the gold medal in NCAA Track and Field Championship. Mohinder Singh Gill was the first Indian to win the title five times from 1969 to 1971 in the triple jump category. Vikas Gowda, who recently took retirement from was the second Indian win the gold medal in discus throw category back in 2006.
Shankar, who came into the championship with number one rank across the collegiate circuit with a mark of 2.29 metres, started the proceedings after clearing 2.08, 2.13, 2.18 and 2.21 with his first jumps with four jumpers remained at 2.24.
As, all the other contenders failed to clear the 2.24 mark, Shankar, who has been carrying a neck injury, gave his best in the last attempt and cleared the challenge to grab the first position in NCAA Track and Field Championship. It was a special moment for the 19-year old Shankar and he also celebrated the moment by thumping his chest.
HE DID IT! #KStateTF
Tejaswin Shankar is the men’s high jump NATIONAL CHAMPION, clearing 2.24m/7-04.25 on his LAST attempt
The winning jump ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/oMzqgtMopo
— K-State Track (@KStateTFXC) June 9, 2018
Tejaswin, speaking to Kansas State’s media team said, “I was really looking forward to this, so I’ll probably go to Disneyland. I’ll probably go there and spend a couple of weeks and then get back to my summer training.
“I don’t want this situation to arise next year, where I’m in a tie with three people. I really want to put out a big mark next year so that I can be an outright winner next year.”