Murali Sreeshankar Wiki, Height, Age, Family, Biography & More

Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian athlete who competes in the long jump event. He holds the national record of 8.26 meters jump, which he made in the Federation Cup held in Patiala, Punjab in 2022. In the same year, he became the first male long jumper from India to win a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Wiki/Biography

Murali Sreeshankar was born on Saturday, 27 March 1999 (age 24 years; as in 2023) in Palakkad, Kerala. His zodiac sign is Aries. He did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode. After his schooling, he appeared for the NEET examination and stood second in Kerala in the sports quota. In 2017, he joined NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Science (Mathematics). He also studied at the Government Victoria College, Palakkad.

Physical Appearance

Height (Approx): 5′ 9″

Weight (Approx): 65 kg

Hair Color: Black

Eye colour: black

Murali Srishankar

Family

parents and siblings

Murali’s father’s name is S. Murali, an Indian Railways employee and former triple jumper. His mother’s name is KS Bijimol, a former 800 meters runner. He has a sister, Sriparvati, who is a heptathlete.

Murali Srishankar with his family

Murali Srishankar with his family

religious viewpoint

Murali follows Hindu religion.

Murali Sreeshankar's Instagram post about his religious views

Murali Sreeshankar’s Instagram post about his religious views

livelihood

In March 2018, she participated in the Federation Cup held in Patiala and jumped 7.99 meters in the event after which she was named in the Indian squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Murali Sreeshankar during Federation Cup

Murali Sreeshankar during Federation Cup

However, his name was withdrawn from the 2018 Commonwealth Games after he was diagnosed with appendicitis. He competed at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships held in Gifu and won a bronze medal with a jump of 7.47 metres. In the same year, he participated in the Asian Games in Jakarta and finished sixth with a jump of 7.95 metres.

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Murali Sreeshankar during the 2018 Asian Games

Murali Sreeshankar during the 2018 Asian Games

In September 2018, he broke the national record with a jump of 8.20 meters at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, becoming the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Murali Sreeshankar competing in the men's long jump final during the World Athletics Championships

Murali Sreeshankar competing in the men’s long jump final during the World Athletics Championships

However, he could not qualify for the final at the World Championship. In 2021, he set a national record jump of 8.26 meters at the Federation Cup in Patiala and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics. At the Olympics, he jumped 7.69 meters in the qualifying round and failed to enter the final. At the 2022 World Athletics Championships, he qualified for the final round and finished seventh with a jump of 7.96 metres. He won a silver medal in the long jump event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a jump of 8.08 metres, becoming the first male long jump player from India to win a silver medal at these Games. On 29 May 2022, he won the gold medal at the Venizelia-Chania 2022 Athletics Meet in Greece with a jump of 7.95 metres.

award

Sreeshankar received the Arjuna Award from the President of India Draupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 9 January 2024.

9 January 2024: Murali Sreeshankar receiving the Arjuna Award from Draupadi Murmu, President of India

9 January 2024: Murali Sreeshankar receiving the Arjuna Award from Draupadi Murmu, President of India

Facts/General Knowledge

  • Murali his father S. Murali and Bedros Bedrosian, who is his international coach.
  • His hobbies include spending time with friends, playing mobile games and watching movies.
  • In an interview, his father had said that when Sreeshankar was a child, he was very active and used to run and jump on the sofa in their house. When he was four years old, he would accompany his father, a former triple jump athlete and silver medalist at the South Asian Games, to the field, where his father saw his potential as a sprinter. Sreeshankar started practicing 50 m and 100 m races, but later switched to long jump when he turned thirteen.
    Murali Sreeshankar's childhood picture with his sister

    Murali Sreeshankar’s childhood picture with his sister

  • His father took him to the Government Medical College grounds in Palakkad, Kerala to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  • In 2018, after being diagnosed with appendicitis, he underwent surgery and was unable to walk properly for a short period after being placed on a liquid diet. Talking about his medical condition in an interview, he said,

    Initially the doctors thought it was indigestion and gave me pain medication and sent me back. It was only after I was completely unconscious that they did an ultrasound and discovered I had a ruptured appendix. I was on a drip for five days. When I finally returned home, I found that I had lost six kilograms (about ten percent of his original body weight of 65 kilograms). I had accepted that I would not go to the Commonwealth Games but I was hoping to do well at the World Junior Championships (in July) and the Asian Games. It was a terrible time for me. One day you are in the best position of your career and the next day you wake up and realize that your dreams have been shattered.

  • Sreeshankar is part of the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme launched by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • In an interview, Sreeshankar said that his father gave up drinking to focus on Sreeshankar’s training. He further said that his father was very strict during practice sessions, but if Sreeshankar lost an event, his father would not scold him and ask him to focus on the next match. In the interview he further said,

    During training, if I don’t do something properly he yells. He gets very angry if you touch the phone during practice. He sometimes even has some “encouraging words” for me in Malayalam which you can’t even imagine.

    Murali Sreeshankar is receiving training from his father

    Murali Sreeshankar is receiving training from his father

  • His father was removed as his coach by the Indian Athletics Federation because they were unhappy with his coaching program. Talking about this in an interview, his father said,

    I always felt hurt when I was told I didn’t know something. I attended a sports college, studied under many coaches and attended national camps for more than 10 years. I have competed in the domestic circuit for many years. “I can see a very rapid change.”

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