Tejaswin Shankar was born on Monday, 21 December 1998.age 23 years; by 2021) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. He completed his schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi. Tejaswin was awarded a four-year scholarship to Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA, and completed his graduation in business administration from the university.
Height (approx.): 6′ 4″
Weight (approx): 80 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
Tejaswin Shankar belongs to a Tamil family.
parents and siblings
Tejaswin’s father’s name is Hari Shankar Vakil. He died of blood cancer in 2014. His mother’s name is Lakshmi Shankar, who is a lawyer.
Tejaswin has a younger sister Avantika Shankar.
relationship / case
Tejaswin Shankar is in a relationship with Siddhi Hire, a track and field athlete.
Initially, during his school days, Tejaswin was a part of his school’s cricket team. He played cricket till the eighth grade. His school’s physical education teacher, Sunil Kumar, noticed him and 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. ,
Later, Tejaswin participated in various inter-school tournaments. In 2015, Tejaswin defeated the junior national champion, Jio 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.”
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. In July 2017, Tejaswin participated in the National Inter-State Sports Championship in Guntur with a time of 2.23m.
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. He participated in the 2019 West Regional Championship 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 September 2022, Tejaswin was offered a job as an accountant in Deloitte, Kansas City.
- 2015: Sports record of 2.14 m at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa.
- 2016: The national senior record with a jump of 2.26m at the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore in November 2016 broke Hari Shankar Roy’s previous record of 2.25m at the 2004 Asian All-Star Athletics Meet in Singapore.
- 2016: National record for boys U18 high jump with 2.26m in 32nd National Junior Athletics Championships in 2016.
- 2018: Indoor national record with a mark of 2.18m at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa in January 2018.
- 2018: High jump national record of 2.29m at Texas Tech Corky-Crawfoot Shootout Athletics Meet, US
- 2022: National record of 2.28m at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships 2022 at Ames, Iowa in February 2022.
- 2014: CBSE National Athletics Championship, Varanasi
- 2015: Commonwealth Youth Games, Apia, Samoa
- 2017: Senior National Open Athletics Championship, Lucknow
- 2018: 22nd Federation Cup Indian Championship in Patiala
- 2021: Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Manhattan
- 2016: South Asian Games, Guwahati
- 2014: Inter School National Championship, Ranchi
- 2018: Big 12 Indoor Championship, Ames, Iowa
- 2022: Commonwealth Games, Birmingham
India out of squad for Commonwealth Games 2022
Initially, Tejaswin Shankar was not included in the Indian squad for the Commonwealth Games 2022, as he was not able to participate in the AFI-mandated National Inter-State Championship in Chennai. He filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for inclusion in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Within two hearings, the court ordered the Athletics Federation of India and the Indian Olympic Association to include him in the Indian team. for the Commonwealth Games 2022. However, Tejaswin was added to the team as a replacement. In an interview, he talked about how he struggled for his selection in the Commonwealth Games and said,
I could hardly sleep because of so much going on around. How do you motivate yourself to train when you’re not sure about your next competition? My practice has also been affected. It is not good for the sport that athletes have to go to court to earn their place. I am thankful to AFI that they have finally agreed to include me in the team. I’ll sleep well tonight.”
- 2022: NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Award NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, US
- 2022: Tri-Jumper High Point Award, US
- high jumper: Derek Drouin
Facts / Trivia
- Tejaswin is also known as TJ.
- 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.
- Tejaswin’s father Harishankar 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.
- 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 the high jump category in 2018 and 2022.
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 could not 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 the 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 miss a leg.
- In 2016, Tejaswin, who played for the junior grade, broke a 12-year-old national senior record at the Junior National Championship, Coimbatore.
- 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
- 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).