Murali Sreeshankar prioritizes Hangzhou Asian Games, withdraws from Diamond League Final.
Murali Sreeshankar prioritizes Asian Games, skips Diamond League final. (Photo: AP)
Star Indian long jumper Murali Sreeshankar has made the decision to skip the Diamond League final, which is scheduled for September 16 and 17 in Eugene, Oregon. This choice is in order to fully focus on the upcoming Asian Games in 2023.
Sreeshankar became the first Indian long jumper to qualify for the Diamond League final after finishing fifth in the Zurich leg. Alongside him, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and steeplechaser Avinash Sable also secured spots in the Eugene finals.
Despite achieving a personal best long jump of 8.41m, Sreeshankar finished third and fifth in the Paris and Lausanne legs respectively. Due to the tight timeframe between the Diamond League final and the Asian Games, with the men’s long jump qualifying round taking place just 12 days after the Diamond League final, Sreeshankar has decided to prioritize the Asian Games over the Diamond League final.
In previous events, Sreeshankar won gold at the third Indian Grand Prix and also secured victories at the bronze label World Athletics Continental Tour event in Kallithea, Greece, and the MVA High-Performance Athletics Meet in the USA. However, he had a disappointing performance at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, failing to progress to the final.