India’s Jeswin Aldrin wins long jump event at Golden Fly Series Liechtenstein 2022

Jeswin Aldrin crossed the 8m-mark for the first time since April. Praveen Chithravel finished fourth, after matching his personal best.

By Ali Asgar Nalwala
Picture by Athletics Federation of India

India’s Jeswin Aldrin won the long jump event at the Golden Fly Series Liechtenstein 2022 athletics meet in Schaan with an 8.12m-jump on Sunday.

Jeswin Aldrin was the only athlete to leap over eight metres on the day. Jeswin Aldrin was followed by Czech Republic’s Radek Juska, who registered his best jump of 7.70m.

Henrik Flatnes of Norway came third with 7.66m. India’s Praveen Chithravel was last in the four-man field with a 7.58m jump, equalling his personal best.

It was also the first time since April Jeswin Aldrin crossed the 8m mark. 

The 20-year-old Indian long jumper had pipped India’s national record holder Murali Sreeshankar to win the Federation Cup in April with a wind-assisted 8.37m jump. Aldrin notched 8.26m at the same competition to qualify for the world athletics championships. 

However, Jeswin Aldrin’s performance dipped significantly since then as he failed to hit the 8m mark in the next three competitions.

Subsequently, Jeswin Aldrin was initially axed from the Indian squad for the world championships. 

Days after the snub, Jeswin Aldrin was asked to appear for the two selection trials in July. Though Jeswin Aldrin failed to cross the 8m mark, Jeswin Aldrin was selected for the world championships after producing 7.99m and 7.93m jumps.

Jeswin Aldrin made his world championships debut in July. His best effort was 7.79m and finished 20th in the 32-man field.

The Golden Fly Series athletics events are held in cities in an attempt to bring fans closer to the action. Only long jump and pole events are featured. The next stop in the series will be in Thailand in December.

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