Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian long jumper who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics. He was born on 27 March 1999 in Palakkad, Kerala. JSW Sports manage the 22-year-old. He is part of the Target Olympic Podium scheme started by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Sreeshankar is a fan of the WWE and basketball.
Sreeshankar comes from a family of athletes. His father, S. Murali, who is also his coach, competed in the triple jump. His mother, K.S. Bijimol was a sprinter, while his sister is a heptathlete. He started as a sprinter but switched to long jump when he turned 13. His father has been training him for 10 years now.
The national record holder won the bronze at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships but failed to impress at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. He missed out on the 2018 Commonwealth Games due to appendicitis.
The youngster broke the national record in September 2018 with a jump of 8.20 m. He bettered his own record in March 2021 with a jump of 8.26 m.
Tokyo Olympics will be his fourth major competition. Despite the ongoing Covid restrictions, he has been training in Palakkad after obtaining special permission from state authorities. Sreeshankar qualified for the upcoming Games by registering a personal best of 8.26 m at the Federation Cup at Patiala. He believes a leap of 8.35 m or above would be sufficient to secure him a podium finish.
Since this will be his debut at the Olympics, it would be interesting to see how Sreeshankar copes with the physical and psychological challenges. He is getting better and better, and the fast ‘Mondo’ track in Tokyo will suit his abilities.
Sreeshankar is 5 feet 9 inches tall (180cms).
Sreeshankar is single.