Tejaswin Shankar was born on Monday, 21 December 1998 (age 23 years; as of 2021) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Gold Coast 2018 His zodiac sign is Capricorn. He completed his schooling at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi. Tejaswin was awarded a four-year scholarship at Kansas State University, Manhattan, United States, and he completed his graduation in business administration from the university.
Weight (approx.): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Tejaswin Shankar belongs to a Tamilian family.
Parents & Siblings
Tejaswin’s father’s name is Hari Shankar, a lawyer. He died of blood cancer in 2014. His mother, Lakshmi Shankar, is a lawyer.
Tejaswin has a younger sister, Avantika Shankar.
Tejaswin Shankar is in a relationship with Siddhi Hiray, a track and field athlete.
Initially, during his school days, Tejaswin was a part of his school’s cricket team. He played cricket till his eighth standard. His school’s physical education teacher, Sunil Kumar, spotted him and advised him to try out in the high jump category. In an interview, his coach talked about how he spotted him and said,
Later, Tejaswin took part in various inter-school tournaments. In 2015, Tejaswin defeated junior national champion, Jeo Jose, at CBSE National Athletic Championship in Varanasi. In an interview, talking about his excitement in defeating a national champion, Tejaswin said,
I cleared 1.84 metres and won the gold. I had beaten a national champion who was taller than me, who was more experienced and had a better personal best. This was when I realised I had it in me to be a high jumper,” The Indian Express
In 2016, Tejaswin, who played for the junior grade, broke the 12-year-old national senior record in Junior National Championship, Coimbatore.
In 2016, Tejaswin finished sixth at the 17th Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with a leap of 2.07m. In July 2017, Tejaswin competed in the National Inter-State Sports Meet in Guntur with a 2.23m.
Tejaswin qualified for the finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia.
Shankar took a leap of 2.28 metres at the 22nd Federation Cup Indian Championship in March 2018 at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala.
Tejaswin Shankar matches his national record of 2.28m in the high jump at the Federation Cup. pic.twitter.com/kv0YeSrePV
— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) March 7, 2018
Tejaswin participated in the Texas Tech Corky-Crofoot Shootout Athletics Meet, jumping 2.29m in April 2018 in the United States. He participated in the West Regional Championship in 2019 at the Sacramento State University, California.
In June 2022, Tejaswin competed in the World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon with a leap of 2.27m.
In September 2022, Tejaswin was offered a job as an accountant at Deloitte in Kansas City.
- 2015: Games record of 2.14 metres at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa.
- 2016: National senior record with a jump of 2.26m at the Junior National Championship in Coimbatore in November 2016, breaking the previous record of Hari Shankar Roy of 2.25m in the Asian All-Star Athletics meet in Singapore in 2004.
- 2016: National record of boy’s U18 high jump at the 32nd National Junior Athletics Championship in 2016 with a mark of 2.26m.
- 2018: Indoor national record with a mark of 2.18 metres in January 2018 at the Big 12 Indoor Championship, Ames, Iowa.
- 2018: High jump national record of jumping 2.29m at the Texas Tech Corky-Crofoot Shootout Athletics Meet, US
- 2022: National Record of 2.28m at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship 2022 in February 2022 in Ames, Iowa
- 2023: Broke the national decathlon record of 7658 points set by Bharatinder Singh with a total score of 7666 points at the Asian Games The Times of India
- 2014: CBSE National Athletics Championship, Varanasi
- 2015: Commonwealth Youth Games, Apia, Samoa
- 2017: Senior National Open Athletics Championship, Lucknow
- 2018: 22nd Federation Cup Indian Championship in Patiala
- 2021: Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Manhattan
- 2016: South Asian Games, Guwahati
- 2023: Asian Games, Hangzhou, China
- 2014: Inter-school National Championship, Ranchi
- 2018: Big 12 Indoor Championship, Ames, Iowa
- 2022: Commonwealth Games, Birmingham
Exclusion from the Indian squad for Commonwealth Games 2022
Initially, Tejaswin Shankar was not included in the Indian squad for Commonwealth Games 2022, as he was not able to participate in the AFI-mandated National Inter-State Championship 2022 in Chennai. He filed a petition against the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in Delhi High Court for his inclusion in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Within two hearings, the court ordered the Athletics Federation of India and the Indian Olympic Association to add him to the Indian squad for CWG 2022. However, Tejaswin was added as a replacement in the squad. In an interview, he talked about how he struggled for his selection in Commonwealth Games and said,
I hardly got any sleep with so much happening around. How do you motivate yourself to train when you are not sure about your next competition? My practice has also been affected. It’s not good for the sport that athletes have to go to court for spots they have earned. I am thankful to AFI that they have finally agreed to include me in the squad. I will have a good night’s sleep today.” The Indian Express
- 2022: NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Award at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, US
- 2022: Triangu