Murali Sreeshankar is an Indian athlete who competes in the long jump event. He holds the national record of 8.26 metres jump, which he made at 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.
Murali Sreeshankar was born on Saturday, 27 March 1999 (age 24 years; as of 2023) in Palakkad, Kerala. His zodiac sign is Aries. He did his schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kanjikode. After his schooling, he appeared in the NEET exam and stood second in Kerala on sports quota. In 2017, he enrolled in NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science (mathematics). He also attended the Government Victoria College, Palakkad. The Bridge
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Murali’s father’s name is S Murali, who is an Indian Railways employee and former triple jumper. His mother’s name is KS Bijimol, who is a former 800m runner. He has one sister, Sreeparvathy, who is a heptathlete.
Murali follows Hinduism.
In March 2018, he participated in the Federation Cup, held in Patiala and made a 7.99 m jump in the event after which he was named in the Indian contingent for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
However, his name was withdrawn from the 2018 Commonwealth Games after he was diagnosed appendicitis. He participated in 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 Asian Games in Jakarta and held the sixth position with 7.95 metres jump.
In September 2018, he broke the national record at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a leap of 8.20 metres after which he became the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 2019 World Athletics Championship.
However, he could not qualify for the finals in the World Championship. In 2021, he made a national record of 8.26m jump at the Federation Cup in Patiala, qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics. At the Olympics, he recorded a jump of 7.69m 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 m. He won the silver medal in the long jump event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a leap of 8.08 metres, becoming the first male long jumper from India to win a silver medal at the Games. Olympics On 29 May 2022, he won a gold medal in Greece with a 7.95m jump at Venizeleia-Chania 2022 athletics meets.
Sreeshankar received the Arjuna Award from the President of India Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 9 January 2024.
- Murali received coaching from S. Murli, his father, and Bedros Bedrossian, who is his international coach.
- His hobbies include spending time with friends, playing mobile games, and watching movies.
- In an interview, his father said that when Sreeshankar was a kid, he was very active and used to run and jump on the sofa in his house. When he was four years old, he used to accompany his father, who was a former triple jump athlete and silver medalist at the South Asian Games, to the ground, where his father noticed his potential as a sprinter. Sreeshankar started practising 50 metres and 100 metres run, but later switched to the long jump when he turned thirteen.
- His father took him to the Government Medical College ground at Palakkad in Kerala to get him prepared for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
- In 2018, after he was diagnosed with appendicitis, he went through a surgery and was unable to walk properly for a short time after being put on a liquid diet. In an interview, he talked about his medical condition and said,
Initially, the doctors felt it was indigestion and sent me back with medicines for the pain. It was only after I completely collapsed that they performed an ultrasound and they diagnosed me with a ruptured appendix, For five days I was on a drip. When I finally returned home, I found I had lost six kilograms (almost ten per cent of his original body weight of 65kg). I had accepted I wouldn’t be going for the Commonwealth Games but I was hoping to do well at the World Junior Championships (in July) and at the Asian Games. It was a horrible time for me. One day you are in the best shape of your career and the next day you wake up and realise your dreams are shattered.”
- Sreeshankar is part of the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme started by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- In an interview, Sreeshankar said that his father quit drinking to focus on Sreeshankar’s training. He further said that his father was very strict during the practice sessions, but if Sreeshankar lost at 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, he shouts if I don’t do something properly. He gets really furious if you touch the phone during practice. He sometimes has some “encouraging words” for me in Malayalam as well which you can’t even imagine.”
- His father was removed as his coach by the Athletics Federation of India because they were unhappy with his coaching programme. In an interview, his father talked about this and said,
I always felt hurt when I was told that I don’t know anything. I studied in a sports college, studied under several coaches, and was in the national camp for over 10 years. I have competed in the domestic circuit for many years. I can see changes much faster.”