With the AFI closing its doorways on him and with the High Court making the large strikes for his inclusion within the Indian workforce, Tejaswin Shankar might have confronted loads of bitterness earlier than going to the Commonwealth Games, however he didn’t carry the destructive ideas to Birmingham.
“Very early on, you learn in sport to learn from your adversity, to adapt and to overcome. Once I landed in Birmingham, I didn’t have any ‘baggage’, the only goal I had was to give my best,” stated Tejaswin, the primary Indian excessive jumper to win a Commonwealth Games medal, in an interplay with choose media on Thursday.
Making essentially the most
“The only thought I had was how to make the most of the three days I had (in Birmingham) and I was able to observe the weather pattern. Usually by 7 or 8 p.m., the weather starts to cool down significantly and that’s when our final was. That’s the adjustment I made,” defined the 23-year-old who opened India’s medal tally in athletics along with his bronze on Wednesday evening..
“Initially, in the low bars, I needed to make sure that I did not have any miss because that would definitely come and bite me later on in the competition,
“That’s where I was able to get an edge over an experienced campaigner like Donald Thomas. He had some extra misses in the lower height and I knew that as it got colder, everybody would start stiffening up,” stated Tejaswin who was tied with Thomas at 2.22m however gained the bronze along with his clear sheet with earlier heights.
While coaching for the excessive soar on the Kansas University (USA), Tejaswin had a style of the decathlon and now he needs to strive it at subsequent yr’s Asiad in China.
“ I’ve made up my mind, I want to compete in the decathlon in the Asian Games. Even if I don’t compete, I really want to continue decathlon training because that has really worked for me with the constant tendinitis in my knee,” stated the nationwide file holder (2.29m, 2018).
“I haven’t been able to jump as much as I would like to but I’ve been able to supplement my high jump training through doing a lot of long jump and hurdles activity. I feel I’ve gone from that space where I used to need a lot of high jump sessions to be a better high jumper. Now, the improvised decathlon training has really helped me with my high jump. I’ll stick to that and in due course, if I’m able to add a good score and improve my day two events, like pole vault and javelin, then I have a good shot at the Asiad.”