Indian long jumper Murali Srishankar made the second best jump of his career and won the gold medal at the 12th International Show Jumping Competition in Kallithea, Greece on Wednesday.
Srishankar holds the national record of 8.36m, which he set at the Fed Cup last month.
He was followed by Sweden’s Tobias Montler, who won silver in 8.27m, and Jules Pommery of France, who won bronze in 8.17m in 10-man pool. Only the top three jumpers cleared the 8m mark.
Competing in his first international outdoor event since the Tokyo Olympics, Srishankar started with jumps of 7.88m and 7.71m before reaching 8.31m.
Srishankar entered the competition after an impressive domestic campaign, during which he repeatedly broke the 8m mark. The Kerala athlete scored 8.14m and 8.17m at the season-opening Indian Open ski jumping event in Thiruvantapuram before breaking his national record at the Fed Cup in Kozhikode after a close fight with Tamil Nadu’s Jeswin Aldrin.
Jesvin, currently the second best long jumper in India, also competed on Wednesday, finishing fifth with a best effort of 7.69m at the 17th Iberoamerican meeting in Huelva, Spain.
Filip Pravdiva of Croatia (7.91m), Emiliano Lasa of Uruguay (7.82m) and Peruvian José Luis Mandros (7.77m) rounded out the top three of seven.