Young Murali Sreeshankar created history at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday. He became the first Indian male athlete to win a silver medal in long jump event. It was the second medal for India in field events of athletics after Tejeswan Shankar had taken the lead with a bronze in high jump on Wednesday.
Murali Sreeshankar, who had been working hard for his first medal in a global meet, was tied with the ultimate gold medal winner Laquan Narin of Bahamas. Both had cleared 8.08 m. Since the second best of Laquan Narin was 7.94 m, he got an edge over Murali Sreeshankar whose second-best jump was 7.84 m. India’s Mohammad Anees Yahya finished fifth with a leap of 7.97 m.
At the end of Day 7, India had taken its medals tally to 19 with five gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals to remain seventh in overall standings.
Though there were not many medals decided on Thursday, Indian athletes, especially boxers, moved closer to the podium finish.
In boxing, for example, both Amit and Jasmine, cleared their quarter-final bouts to move to the semis to assure themselves of a bronze medal each, at least.
India also made sure of its top finish in pool games in men’s hockey defeating Wales 4-1 in the last. India will now play South Africa.
South Africa recorded an exciting 4-3 win over New Zealand to take the second spot behind pool leader Australia.
Australia made a clean sweep of wins in pool games defeating Pakistan 7-0. Blake Govers, Jimmy Hayward (two) , Tom Wickham (two), Jacob Anderson and Nathan Ephraums were the scorers for Australia.
In the women’s section, after a rest day today, semi-finals will be played tomorrow when India takes on defending champions Australia and England plays England. In the classification games, Ghana will play Kenya and Wales take on South Africa.
As the individual events got under way in Table tennis and Badminton, Indian medal prospects in both the sports, had comfortable wins in their preliminary rounds.
Another sport from which India expects a good crop of medals is wrestling. Competitions in wrestling are scheduled for Friday.