President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated long jumper Murali Sreeshankar after he won a silver medal in the men’s long jump event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Thursday.
President Droupadi Murmu said that Shreeshankar’s achievement will inspire the youths of the country.
President Murmu tweeted, “Congratulations to Shreeshankar for winning silver in long jump at #CommonwealthGames. Your long leap has brought India’s first ever medal for this event in Commonwealth Games. This pathbreaking achievement will inspire the countless Indians, especially the youth.”
On the other hand, PM Modi said that it is after decades that India won a medal in Men’s long jump.
PM Modi tweeted, “M Sreeshankar’s Silver medal at the CWG is a special one. It is after decades that India has won a medal in Men’s long jump at the CWG. His performance augurs well for the future of Indian athletics. Congratulations to him. May he keep excelling in the times to come.
With a distance of 8.08m in the Men’s Long Jump, Sreeshankar became the first Indian male athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in the long jump.
Laquan Nain of Bahamas pulled off the gold while Jovan van Vuuren of South Africa claimed the Bronze medal at Birmingham 2022.