India’s Sreeshankar Murali will be in spotlight on CWG day 7 as he will take the long jump for gold. He and Muhammed Anees Yahiya qualified for Men’s Long Jump final placed first and eighth in the qualification round.
Sreeshankar, who secured an automatic qualification, is lead athlete for a gold medal finish in the event. The 23-year-old has been consistent with 8m-plus jumps this season and will look to make amends for a 7th place finish at the World Championships last month.
India at CWG 2022: An action packed day 7 for Murali Sreeshankar
Sreeshankar comes into Birmingham 2022 with the second-best jump of the season of anyone in the world – behind Switzerland’s Simon Ehammer – of 8.36m and appears the man to beat in the men’s long jump.
The Indian’s jump puts him well clear of the rest of the field in Birmingham and, if he lives up to his form, could be set for gold.
In the men’s hurdles, Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment bids to better the silver he won four years ago, while Joshua Zeller and Andrew Pozzi carry home hopes for England.
The other Indian athlete to watch out for in Birmingham is Hima Das, she features in Women’s 200m Round 1 Heat 2. Das, who won gold for India at Jakarta Asian Games in 2018 in the 4×400 relay has made the transition from the quartermile and now runs in the women’s 200m dash and the 4x100m women’s relay.
Meanwhile, Having bounced back with an 8-0 win after a disappointing 4-4 result vs England, India men would want to finish their Pool B journey with a win to top and avoid playing Australia in the semi-finals. Manpreet Singh and co. win their first game against Ghana 11-0, which gives them an edge in terms of goal difference. Even a 1-0 win would mean they finish on top of the table.