Hometown: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Age: 23 Years
Some lesser known facts about Tejaswin Shankar
- Tejaswin Shankar is an Indian track and field athlete and an accountant who specializes in high jump events. He is best known for breaking Hari Shankar’s national record of 2.25m with a jump of 2.26m at the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore in November 2016. On 4 August 2022, Tejaswin won the bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games held with a mark of 2.22 metres. in Birmingham.
- Tejaswin is the first Indian to win a medal in the high jump at the Commonwealth Games.
Tejaswin Shankar creates history He won our first high jump medal in Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to him on winning the bronze medal. Proud of their efforts. Best wishes for their future endeavours. May he keep getting success. @TejaswinShankar pic.twitter.com/eQcFOtSU58
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 4 August 2022
- Tejaswin aspired to be a bowler during his childhood days. He used to watch videos of fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Mohammad Amir to practice his style of bowling. He was also a part of his school’s cricket team till the eighth grade.
- During his school days, Tejaswin’s physical education teacher advised him to try the high jump pit. In an interview, his coach talked about how he saw him and said,
He was warming up with a group of boys and I saw him running with a natural bounce. Not everyone has this bounce. I asked him if he wanted to give a shot at the high jump. ,
- In 2015, Tejaswin defeated the junior national champion, Xiao Jose, at the CBSE National Athletic Championship in Varanasi. In an interview, talking about his enthusiasm to beat a national champion, Tejaswin said,
I covered 1.84 meters and won the gold medal. I beat a national champion who was taller than me, who was more experienced and had a better personal best. It was then that I realized that I had the quality to be a high jumper.”
- Tejaswin’s father Harishankar, a lawyer, was not in favor of his son’s interest in athletics. He wanted her to study law and take over the family firm. Harishankar believed that cricket was the wisest choice among all sports. He wanted Tejaswin to take advantage of his height and train for cricket.
- In 2016, Tejaswin, who played for the junior grade, broke a 12-year-old national senior record at the Junior National Championship, Coimbatore.
- In 2016, Tejaswin finished sixth at the 17th Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with a jump of 2.07m.
- Tejaswin is ranked third in the under-20 jumper category in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 2016 world list.
- In an interview, Tejaswin’s coach and talent scout Nallusamy Annavi spoke about him and said,
Shankar has height but he also has strength and speed. Tall jumpers are many but height alone is not enough. You need to be strong – a kind of explosive power – and you need speed. And he has all these qualities. I’ve seen many jumpers over the years but none in recent memory has Shankar’s special qualities. ,
- Tejaswin became the second Indian after former professional Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman to win two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships in 2018 and 2022 in the high jump category.
Shankar brings the High Jump title back to Manhattan! I
— K-State Track (@KStateTFXC) 11 June 2022
- In 2016, Tejaswin suffered from slip disc, and he was bedridden for six months. Due to his injury, he was unable to participate in the 2016 World Junior Championships. Talking about his injury, he said,
I am recovering from slip disc right now. I lay in bed for six months from January to June. At times I felt that I could not make it here. But here I am, all smiles and I can break the meet record of 2.23m. My sponsor JSW Sports and Coach had faith in me. If it wasn’t for them, I would still be lying in bed. My coach believes that I can jump even if I am missing a leg.”
- In July 2017, Tejaswin participated in the national inter-state sports event in Guntur with a mark of 2.23 metres.
- Tejaswin qualified for the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.
- Shankar jumped 2.28m at the 22nd Federation Cup Indian Championship at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala in March 2018.
Tejaswin Shankar equaled his national record of 2.28 meters in the high jump in the Federation Cup. pic.twitter.com/kv0YeSrePV
— Jonathan Selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) March 7, 2018
- Tejaswin participated in the Texas Tech Corky-Crawfoot Shootout Athletics Meet with a jump of 2.29m in April 2018 in the United States.
- In June 2018, Tejaswin became the third Indian to win the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Track and Field Championship. Mohinder Singh Gill was the first Indian to win the title in the triple jump category, and Vikas Gowda was the second Indian to win the championship in the discus throw category in 2006.
He has done! #kstateTF
Tejaswin Shankar is the men’s high jump national champion, passing 2.24m/7-04.25 in his last attempt.
winning jump pic.twitter.com/oMzqgtMopo
— K-State Track (@KStateTFXC) June 9, 2018
- He participated in the West Regional Championship in 2019 at Sacramento State University, California.
- In June 2022, Tejaswin participated in the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a jump of 2.27 metres.
- In June 2022, Shankar’s name was Midwest Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).