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FutureStarrJeswin Aldrin Breaks National Record in Men's Long Jump
On Thursday, Jeswin Aldrin of Thoothukudi set a national record in men's long jump with an incredible 8.42 metres leap, surpassing Murali Sreeshankar's previous best of 8.36 meters set during last year's Federation Cup competition in Kozhikode.
After his Federation Cup win, Aldrin's jumps have suffered and he was initially dropped from India's squad for the World Championships in July. However, his recent performances at the Asian Indoor Championships in Astana have now qualified him for these upcoming worlds.
Jeswin Aldrin, a rising star from Tamil Nadu, has achieved an amazing feat: breaking Murali Sreeshankar's national record in men's long jump with 8.42m at the 2nd Indian Open Jumps Competition in Bellary, Karnataka.
Aldrin's jump is historic as it marks the first time an Indian has cleared eight metres in a competition. With this achievement, Aldrin can now compete for gold at next month's Federation Cup in Kozhikode.
At the Inspire Institute of Sport in Bellary, a youngster from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu who had idolized US jump legends Carl Lewis and Mike Powell put on an impressive performance. He began with an effort of 8.05 meters before adding another 8 metres during his third attempt.
His jump of 8.37 metres on a legal tailwind was enough to establish him as the new national record breaker. In last year's Federation Cup he had previously jumped 8.37 metres but this jump wasn't considered official due to being wind-aided.
He now ranks as the fifth-best Asian long jumper of all time and could be on his way to a podium finish at the Tokyo Olympics. But in order to reach this landmark, 21-year-old must maintain his consistency.
Indian athletics is experiencing a great surge in recent weeks as both Murali Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya surpass their respective national records, setting the bar higher for other jumpers to follow in 2023. Jeswin Aldrin's record-breaking jump at the Commonwealth Games promises to make this 2023 season an even more successful one for the country's jumpers.
Both Sreeshankar and Anees Yahiya are expected to compete at next month's Federation Cup in Kozhikode, where they will face off against Jeswin Aldrin. If both can maintain their form, both could potentially make the shortlist for both CWG and Asiad 2023 events.
Aldrin, 21, is the only Indian jumper to have crossed eight metres in competition this season. While it has been an impressive start for him so far in 2023, Aldrin will need to remain consistent if he hopes to remain a major factor in future years.
On Thursday, Tamil Nadu's Jeswin Aldrin broke the national record in men's long jump with an 8.42m leap, surpassing Murali Sreeshankar's previous mark of 8.36 metres set during April last year at Federation Cup Kozhikode.
At 21 years old, he made history alongside his parents and brother in an incredible competition. Beating Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sreeshankar of Kerala to claim gold!
At the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana last month, Aldrin made a remarkable progress from his slow start and eventually found his stride. His best jump of 8.05 metres came before clearing 8.26 meters on his next attempt.
He then broke Sreeshankar's one-year national record with a jump of 8.42 metres on his third attempt. The jump has been certified as an new national record by the AFI and will undergo mandatory dope testing in order to confirm its legitimacy.
With his qualification for the 2023 World Championships already confirmed, jumper will be in excellent shape heading into the Paris Olympics. Additionally, he has qualified for the postponed Asian Games as well.
Following a string of disappointing performances in mid-2023, Aldrin has come back strong and already set his personal best at the Federation Cup last year.
He has started the season on a high note by winning silver at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana earlier this month and topping the qualification list at this week's 25th AFI National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships.
Indian jumpers Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya competed for the top spot at this meet, with Sreeshankar (who won silver at Birmingham CWG last August) and Anees (preparing for world indoor championships in Belgrade this month) promising to be tough opponents at the next one.
He hopes to further hone his performance in the coming meets, including the Asian Indoor Championships in Nur-Sultan and the world indoor championships later this month in Belgrade.
Last month, Tamil Nadu's Jeswin Aldrin made a breakthrough at the Asian Indoor Championships with an 8.42m jump at the 2nd Indian Open Jumps Competition in Bellary, Karnataka on Thursday. He easily outclassed M Sreeshankar's one-year National Record of 8.36m with his third attempt in the final.
Aldrin, 21, of Inspire Institute of Sports in Vijayanagar, has already qualified for the 2023 Worlds and is now striving for consistency leading up to the major tournament. His best effort so far was 7.97m at Asian Indoor Championships; now he hopes to improve that score in Kazakhstan.
He had already leapt 7.93m in the qualification round and improved that with an incredible 8.42m leap during the final. China's Zhang Mingkun won silver with 8.02m.
On the day before the competition, Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya from Kerala had made a strong start in the long jumps at the Indian Open National Championships in Thiruvananthapuram, but Aldrin's 8.20m leap put him in the lead. With two of three national record-holders missing out on this race, 21-year-old from Thoothukudi has taken over the race by storm.
This is an incredible accomplishment for the young jumper from a poor farming family on the fringes of Tiruchirapalli who has been trained by former triple jumper Yoandris Betanzos. The former World Champion and Olympic silver-medalist has been honing his speed, strength and technical proficiency in this event.
His first jump was 8.05m and in his second attempt he managed a distance of 8.26m.
But Aldrin's third and final jump of 8.42m broke Sreeshankar's one-year National Record, set in Kozhikode last year when he jumped 8.36m for gold. While Sreeshankar's jump was wind-assisted (legal wind limit is +1.5 m/s), thus invalidating it as a valid National record, Aldrin's jump is the first legal effort ever attempted in India.
In May, Sreeshankar and Anees are likely to make it a three-way fight for glory at the Federation Cup in Malappuram.
Jeswin Aldrin made history with a jump of 8.42 meters, breaking Murali Sreeshankar's one-year national record. At the Indian Open Jumps Competition 2023 in Bellary, Karnataka, he claimed gold medal ahead of Muhammed Yahiya who put up an incredible 7.85 metres and Rishabh Rishishwar who leaped 7.77 meters.
Tamil Nadu athlete Yoandri Betanzos, former Cuban triple jump ace, has been coaching him at Inspire Institute of Sports in Vijayanagar this year and has shown great promise. Additionally, he qualified for the 2023 World Athletics Championships and looks set to make it to Paris 2024 Olympics as a surefire qualifier.
After a slow start to the season, Jeswin Aldrin is back to his best form. He recently set a new national record at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Astana and hopes to keep up the good work.
He is now striving for consistency as he builds towards the major tournament lineup later this year. His success can be attributed to the focus he places on jump-specific workouts.
Last year, despite a groin strain that limited his progress, the soaring jumper has remained determined to work hard and demonstrate his potential to the international community. With his 8.26m leap at the National Games last year, he already qualified for the 2023 World Athletics Championships and hopes to surpass that mark again this July at Oregon.
Aldrin's final attempt at the meet will be his last chance to earn a place in India's squad for the 2023 World Athletics Championships, scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary in September. With his effort, Aldrin is confident that his performance will earn him a spot on their team for these international competitions.
Aldrin, known for his impressive jump technique, set a new personal best of 8.26m at IIT Gandhinagar track on Monday - just 0.1m shy of meeting the automatic World Athletics Championships 2023 qualifying standard of 8.25m. Additionally, he made two other 8m+ jumps - 8.07m and 8.21m - during his six attempts.
His new best jump of 8.26m, achieved on his fourth attempt at the Federation Cup senior athletics championships in Malappuram last April, is an incredible improvement from his previous best of 8.26m which he landed on his fourth attempt at the Federation Cup senior athletics championships in Malappuram last April. Additionally, this is his highest national long jump jump since topping 7.97m at South Zone U-20 meet and winning the inaugural U-23 title at Delhi last year.