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EXCLUSIVE: Tejaswin Shankar happy with bronze medal, not only the ground but also fought in the court

EXCLUSIVE: Tejaswin Shankar happy with bronze medal, not only the ground but also fought in the court

Aug 04, 2022 | 4:13 pm

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Amit Kamath.

Birmingham. Tejaswin Shankar crossed several obstacles to reach Birmingham before winning a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022. First, the Indian Athletics Federation dropped him out of the Commonwealth Games team. Then he approached the Delhi High Court, only after which he was included in the team. But then the organizers of Birmingham 2022 rejected the IOA's request to include him. However, he was later included. After the CWG 2022, he reached Birmingham. But finally, after winning a bronze medal in Birmingham, he breathed a sigh of relief.

in an interview with TV9 Sports, Tejaswin Shankar spoke about his bronze medal in Birmingham 2022 in high jump in 2022. He said a lot about his obstacles and then becoming a winner. Here is some important part of the conversation. Was talking I told him that my bronze medal is better than your gold medal. I jokingly said, my medal resembles gold. I think it is a great opportunity to be here. Everyone knows that it has been a difficult journey for me in the last one and a half months, but after coming to Birmingham, I did not think about those things. I knew that I had to do something. I am not going to make any excuse. I told myself that I do not want to make any excuse. I wanted to take maximum advantage of the opportunity. It is said, 'Late, come, come right'. I cannot complain.

You said that you cannot complain about the medal. But do you think you could have won the gold medal?

I am happy with my bronze medal. Five days ago, if I had not come here, you would call me and I would have been watching the high jump competition of the Commonwealth Games wearing a lungi at my home. Getting a chance to come here means a lot to me. I do not want to be greedy. Getting bronze for me is a big achievement in itself. You go a step ahead and I am happy with the steps I have taken. I do not want to be greedy about the gold medal. Yes, I tried for gold at the event. I wanted to get a gold medal, because I had such an opportunity. Now that everything has happened, I have no regrets. I am happy.

You were clapping with Dasharkas and encouraging them. What does it mean to be a showman for a high jumper? Because we have also seen other players like Mutaj Barsim and Gianmarko Tamberry who adopt unique ways to encourage Dasharkar…

There are Commonwealth Games once every four years and many players win gold medals, But people will not remember them as much as they remember a showman. I do not know whether I will get this opportunity again or not. Therefore, after winning the bronze medal, I thought that I should meet every person, every child who was shaking hands from the stand. I shook hands with them, because it would be memorable for them and for me too. To be honest, the British audience was very excited and they were supporting everyone. They came here to see the track and field and they were not only supporting their players. It was really exciting.

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