National record holder Tejaswin Shankar made an impressive start to his 2024 season by winning the high jump at the International High Jump Gala Elmos 2024 athletics meet.
Competing for the first time since October last year, Tejaswin registered a jump of 2.23m to win the World Athletics Indoor Tour Challenger on Saturday.
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Another Indian in action, Jesse Sandesh, finished 10th overall with a jump of 2.09m.
Tejaswin, 25, holds the national record in both high jump and decathlon. In recent years, he has preferred the decathlon. The Asian Games decathlon silver medalist, however, is focusing on his favorite high jump this year and aims to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, for which the men’s high jump qualification standard is 2.33m.
Earlier this month, the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) in its recent meeting approved Tejaswin’s request for financial assistance to participate in continental tours in Europe.
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After the meeting in Belgium, he will take part in the Hvezdy athletics meeting in Nehvizdy in Nehvizdy, Czech Republic on February 20.