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AHMEDABAD: Long sweater Murali Sreeshankar considers the Commonwealth Games silver medal a “breakthrough” in his career, saying the podium finish in Birmingham has given him the perfect impetus to take his performance to the next level.
Sreeshankar took silver in Birmingham men’s long jump this year CWG with an effort of 8.08m.
He represents Kerala on the National Games which started Tuesday with the table tennis event in Gujarat.
“The season has been a great learning experience for me. I have been participating since March and to keep the kind of performance until August-September, frankly it was very difficult. There was a lot of travel, we had to adapt to different climatic conditions and then compete with the best in the world,” he said at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“I had some kind of breakthrough in my career with the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. My ranking has also improved a lot. I was somewhere around the 60s when the season was about to start. From here I have to build, Paris (Olympic Games) is only two years away and I’m sure I can build from here.”
Sreeshankar said that in the future he will focus on performing consistently at top international events such as the Diamond Leagues.
“Next season I expect to be more consistent in the international circuit, more often in the Diamond League circuit. It’s hard to get to the top, but I’m sure it’s possible with more international exposure,” he said.
“Asian Games, CWG, National Games, all these competitions are built up towards the Paris Olympics. Medals in these events will definitely boost my morale for Paris. I want to continue the same momentum during the Asian Games.”
The 23-year-old long jumper from Palakkad in Kerala expects a tough competition at the National Games, especially in the show jumping competitions.
“The National Games are not a cakewalk for show jumpers. We have three show jumpers above 8.15.
“We have to regard every national championship as a world-level tournament because the competition is very high, the domestic circuit is very competitive. We have to be at our level,” he said.
“We are very excited about the National Games as it is my first and it happens after a long hiatus of seven years.
“For us, National Games are just as important as any other major tournament because it is the biggest sporting spectacle in the country. All athletes will come together in the same place and celebrate Indian sports.”
Sreeshankar thinks a good performance at the National Games will help him a lot for next season.
“I will continue the same training program for the Asian Games. I believe solid performances here will help me plan my season better.
“I have my goals, but the most important thing for me here is to enjoy the competition, because the season has been quite long and I want to finish the season well. My body feels very good. I am prioritizing this game” , he said.

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