Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian athlete known for his expertise in the long jump. He holds the national record of jumping 8.26 meters in the Federation Cup held in Patiala, Punjab in 2022.
Murli Sreeshankar was born on Saturday, March 27, 1999 (age 23 years; by 2022) in Palakkad, Kerala. His zodiac sign is Aries. He did his schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode. In 2017, he joined NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad to pursue a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) degree. He also studied at the Government Victoria College, Palakkad.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx): 65 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
Murali’s father’s name is S Murali, an Indian Railways employee and former triple jumper. His mother’s name is KS Bijimol, a former 800m sprinter. He has a sister Sriparvati, who is a heptathlete.
religious point of view
Murli follow Hinduism.
In March 2018, he participated in the Federation Cup held in Patiala and jumped 7.99m in the event.
In the same year, he was withdrawn from the 2018 Commonwealth Games after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
Later in 2018, he participated in the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships held in Gifu and won the bronze medal with a jump of 7.47m. In the same year, he participated in the Asian Games in Jakarta and finished sixth with a jump of 7.95 metres.
In September 2018, he broke the national record at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, where he jumped 8.20m, becoming the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2019 World Athletics Championships.
He could not qualify for the final of the World Championship held in Doha. In 2021, he set a national record of 8.26m jump at the Federation Cup in Patiala in March 2021, but could not make it to the final. At the 2022 World Athletics Championships, he qualified for the final round and finished seventh with a jump of 7.96m.
- He is the only Indian long jumper to qualify for the Olympics (till 2022).
- In 2022, he reached 8.26 m. set a national record of In the Federation Cup held in Patiala, Punjab in 2022,
Facts / Trivia
- Murali was succeeded by his father S. Fife and his international coach Bedros Bedrosian.
- His hobbies include spending time with friends, playing mobile games and watching movies.
- In an interview, his father had said that when Sreeshankar was a child, he was very active and used to run and jump on the sofa in his house. When he was four years old, he accompanied his father to the field, a former triple jump athlete and silver medalist at the South Asian Games, where his father saw his potential as a sprinter. Sreeshankar started practicing 50m and 100m, but later switched to long jump at the age of thirteen.
- After schooling, he appeared in NEET exam and stood second in sports quota in Kerala.
- His father took him to the grounds of the Government Medical College in Palakkad, Kerala to prepare him for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
- In 2018, he had a surgery after being diagnosed with appendicitis and was unable to walk properly after being on a liquid diet. In an interview, he talked about his medical condition and said,
Initially, the doctors realized it was dyspepsia and sent me back with medicines for the pain. It was only after I completely collapsed that they did an ultrasound and they diagnosed me with a ruptured appendix, for five days I was on a drip. When I finally returned home, I found that I had lost six kilograms (about ten percent of his original body weight of 65 kg). I had accepted that I would not go to the Commonwealth Games but I was hoping to do well at the World Junior Championships (in July) and the Asian Games. It was a terrible time for me. One day you are in the best shape of your career and the next day you wake up and realize your dreams have been shattered.”
- On 29 May 2022, he won the gold medal in Greece by jumping 7.95 meters at the Venizelia-Chania 2022 Athletics Meet.
- Sreeshankar is part of the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme launched by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- In an interview, Sreeshankar said that his father quit drinking to focus on his son’s training. He further said that his father was very strict during the practice session, but if Sreeshankar lost in an event, his father would not scold him and asked him to concentrate on the next match. In the interview he further said,
If I don’t do something right during training, he shouts. He gets really furious if you touch the phone during practice. He sometimes even has some “encouraging words” for me in Malayalam that you can’t even imagine.
- His father was removed as his coach by the Athletics Federation of India as he was unhappy with his coaching programme. In an interview, his father talked about this and said,
I always felt sad when I was told that I didn’t know anything. I studied at a sports college, studied under several coaches, and lived in the national camp for over 10 years. I have participated in the domestic circuit for many years. I can see the change very fast.”