Went to National Open due to Asiad failure: Sreeshankar

first_imgM Sreeshankar has been showered with praises after the long jump prodigy broke the national record with a 8.20m jump at the National Open Athletics Championship earlier this week. The previous record was 8.19m set by Ankit Sharma in 2016.At a time when most of the big names were missing from the open nationals, Sreeshankar decided to go to Bhubaneswar after he failed to breach 8m-mark at the Asian Games in Jakarta. The long jumper admitted he wouldn’t have been there if he was satisfied with his performance earlier in the season.”I would have missed the open nationals if I won a medal at the Asian Games with an 8-plus metre jump. My dad (Murali) encouraged me and said I must end the season on a high and that’s why I thought I must give my all here,” Sreeshankar told Mail Today.However, amid all the ballyhoo, the 19-year-old was disappointed about the fact that he missed on a personal goal for the competition.”I set the bar high for myself at the competition and was aiming for 8.35m junior world record (set by Sergey Morgunov in 2012). That’s why I wasn’t really pleased when I saw it was an 8.20m jump. This was my last season in juniors, so it is a regret I will have to live with forever,” the Kerala boy said.Nonetheless, the track and field athlete can take pride in the fact that his jump was best of the season among the under-20s.I will do even better I promise. I came to Bhubaneswar to cross this 8m barrier, it was in mind. Olympics 2020 final is my target- Sreesankar to AFI Media.In pic #Sreeshankar with his father who is also his coach pic.twitter.com/IPJeR5COVQadvertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 27, 2018Sreeshankar, who will now head for an off-season after a prolonged eventful year, sets his sight on the World Championship in Doha in September-October next year. The long jumper believes he needs to up his level as Doha is going to be a different ball game but feels he can achieve anything with his dad by his side.”Next year the challenges are getting bigger. My eyes are on World Championship where the standards are really high. Anything below 8.60m is probably not going to be good enough to win a medal. So I will be focusing on resting my body during the off-season and get back into the game after that. Standards are really high but as long as my dad is with me, I can do anything,” he concluded.last_img read more