Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian athlete who specialized in the long jump. He made the country proud by winning various medals. Murali’s recent gold at the 12th International Jumping Meeting in Kallithea, Greece with an 8.31m long jump created a history in the Tokyo Olympics. He holds a national record in the long jump with a distance of 8.26m. Murali is the only Indian long jumper to qualify for the Olympics.
|Age (As of 2022)||23 years|
|Date of Birth||27-Mar-99|
|Place of Birth||Palakkad, Kerala|
|Father’s Name||S. Murali (Railway executive and former triple jumper)|
|Mother’s Name||K. S. Bijimol (Former 800m runner)|
|Siblings||Sister: Sreeparvathy (Heptathlete)|
|Coach||S. Murli and Bedros Bedrossian (International coach)|
|Hobbies||Watching movies, spending time with friends, and playing mobile games|
Murali Sreeshankar’s Early Life
- Murali left sprinting at the age of 13 and later pursued a career in the long jump.
- Till the age of 20, he has crossed the distance of 8m thrice.
- Murali engraved the logo Olympics (5 rings) on his bedroom mirror after being qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- He used to practice in Palakkad’s government medical college’s ground for practicing for Tokyo Olympics.
- Murali was detected with appendicitis in 2018, so he had to forcefully withdraw from the 2018 Commonwealth games.
Murali Sreeshankar’s Educational Qualifications
- Murali completed his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode.
- He is a B.Sc. Mathematics graduate from Government Victoria College, Palakkad.
- Murali also went to NSS College of Engineering.
Murali Sreeshankar’s Athletic Journey
- Murali began his career by sprinting and won state-level under-10 championships in 50 and 100 meters respectively.
- He won the gold medal at the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics championships, Patiala in March 2018.
- He won a bronze medal at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships 2018 with a jump of 7.47m.
- Murali came sixth with a jump of 7.95m in the 2018 Asian Games.
- He won gold at the National Open Athletics Championships, Bhubaneshwar, by covering a distance of 8.20m in September 2018.
- In 2019, Murali won gold at the Tatyana Kolpakova International Athletics, Kyrgyzstan by jumping 7.97m.
- He jumped 8.00m at the Indian Grand Prix, Patiala in 2019.
- Murali broke his own national record by 8.26m at the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships, Patiala in 2021.
- He qualified to make a debut in the summer games at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics with a mark of 8.22m.
- Murali won gold at the 12th International Jumping Meeting in Kallithea, Greece with an 8.31m long jump.
Murali Sreeshankar’s Awards
- Murali gained his first international medal in 2018 at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Gifu, Japan.
- He is the 4th athlete from Kerala to qualify for Olympics since 1972.