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EXCLUSIVE: How Tejaswin Shankar battled time to win India’s historic CWG medal

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There’s a humorous image of Tejaswin Shankar that broke the web as quickly as he clinched India’s first-ever medal in excessive leap within the Commonwealth Video games historical past on Wednesday. It is of him mendacity on his lounge couch at residence sporting a lungi. The image is from every week in the past when Tejaswin did not even know if he would make it to the Commonwealth Video games 2022 or not. Regardless of having jumped the CWG qualifying mark, Tejaswin was denied a spot within the Indian Observe and Discipline contingent as a result of he didn’t compete on the Nationwide Inter-State athletics meet in June, which was to be a Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) choice occasion. As an alternative, Tejaswin was competing at NCAA championships in USA for Kansas State College the place he research.

One other Rocky type coaching session! Better part was watching children imitate after and attempt to leap up and contact the bar _ too cute
— Tejaswin Shankar (TJ) (@TejaswinShankar) July 27, 2022

He moved Excessive Court docket and received the case in opposition to AFI after which he was again within the combine. However then got here one other twist as Commonwealth Video games organisers refused to permit Tejaswin to participate because the athlete he was changing was not from the identical self-discipline. 

Opening __’s Athletics account, @TejaswinShankar brings the Bronze residence _#SonySportsNetwork #SirfSonyPeDikhega #CWG2022 #B2022 #TejaswinShankar
— Sony Sports activities Community (@SonySportsNetwk) August 3, 2022

Amid all this chaos, Tejaswin saved his humour alive, joking continually on his personal destiny. The image of him watching TV whereas sporting a lungi was one such tackle all of the happenings in his life in that second. The ultimate twist got here lastly as with solely at some point remaining for Video games to start, he bought the inexperienced sign from CWG and inside every week, he raced in opposition to time to make it to Birmingham. And on Day 6 of the Video games, he even went on to win a historic medal. 

One other twist in excessive jumper Tejaswin CWG choice saga. The organising committee appears to have accepted his entry with lower than every week to go. Regardless of the uncertainty he continued coaching. “At present I had some followers (doggos) at JLN so I put up a present for them,” says TJ.
— Andrew (@AndrewAmsan) July 22, 2022

Do not know for certain bhai
— Tejaswin Shankar (TJ) (@TejaswinShankar) July 10, 2022

(2/2) simply kidding. _
— Tejaswin Shankar (TJ) (@TejaswinShankar) July 7, 2022

“I had the thought (of not enjoying CWG for no fault of his) in my head for lots of days. I didn’t know 4 or 5 days in the past whether or not I’ll make it. However as soon as I bought right here. I knew what I wished to do. However these thought got here operating in my thoughts. After I had readability, issues had been easy. Inside one week, I used to be in a position to get my tickets, my visa, my biometrics was processed. Every little thing occurred at a speedy tempo. At that time, I had no cause to consider I used to be not going,” stated Tejaswin. 

As quickly as he cleared his first leap of two.19m, the social media joked ‘now we are able to lastly consider Tejaswin is taking part in CWG’. That is the character of social media, it makes even the worst expertise for another person, a memorable second for itself. Followers had enjoyable however the query must be underlined once more. Why would a state federation not permit its greatest athlete to compete on the highest stage? Nevertheless, Tejaswin doesn’t need to ponder a lot on it. Now that he has medalled lastly at CWG. 

He says, “The second I landed in Birmingham. The one thought that got here to me was okay, every little thing has occurred. I’m in Birmingham. Now what? The very best half was that once I walked into the village, I didn’t really feel I didn’t belong right here. I didn’t really feel there was something that had occurred again residence. If we now have one thing going into our home, we need to preserve it in there and when representing your nation, we should always have one objective of successful medal. Everybody has been with me. That’s what my mindset was. My teammates made issues very simple for me.”

The 23-year-old excessive jumper from Delhi doesn’t need to look prior to now an excessive amount of now. He says that with the medal in his hand, he can’t ask for the rest. He stated that as quickly as he landed in UK, he was welcomed by the Observe and Discipline contingent and nobody spoke ailing of him or behaved in a method that was not welcoming. The truth that they had been there for the medal and nothing else, united everybody.  

“Mauka mila aane ka woh vital hai. That is medal for nation. No matter occurred, occurred, completely satisfied we may win a medal. My expertise was high quality. I didn’t face any downside after coming right here. Aur ek athlete kya maang sakta hai,” he indicators off.

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