Tejaswin Shankar opened India’s medal tally in athletics on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham with bronze medal in males’s excessive soar on Wednesday. It was India’s first CWG medal within the sport and got here as an enormous success for Tejaswin, who needed to struggle a courtroom battle with the Athletics Federation of India to achieve Birmingham.
After his win, a tweet went viral through which Tejaswin might be seen working towards in entrance of three stray canine on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, whilst the opposite athletes have been in Birmingham for the Video games. Talking about his late inclusion and eventual glory to NDTV, Tejaswin stated it had been a protracted and difficult journey for him.
“It has been a journey. First to not get a chance to be part of the squad after which getting one. There have been so many twists and turns. It’s a fairytale ending for me, to lastly return dwelling with a medal. At dwelling it’s about you and me however while you go in another country it’s concerning the nation. You do not exit simply to take part.
“In 2018 in Gold Coast I competed in entrance of an enormous crowd and completed sixth. That have helped me and I wished to be ready and be in a medal profitable place this time. I simply really feel fortunate that the whole lot unfolded the best way it did.
“I actually did not know until the top whether or not I used to be going. For me it was essential to remain in form at any value. We normally go to JLN stadium round 2:30 to three pm to keep away from the gang within the night. At the moment the one spectators you’ve got are stray canine. For me from 3 stray canine to 30,000 spectators in Birmingham, it has been an enormous journey,” Tejaswin stated.
That is Tejaswin’s first medal at an enormous multi-discipline occasion and he stated that he did not have phrases to precise his pleasure.
“The journey has positively not been simple for me. However I believe had the journey been simple it would not be as thrilling as it’s for me now. This medal means a lot extra to me contemplating that I used to be in a position to attain right here a number of days in the past. I acquired a chance to get this medal for the nation and I’m simply completely satisfied I might do it.
“That is my first huge worldwide medal. To be trustworthy I haven’t got phrases proper now, to say one thing about this. I do not wish to say one thing and remorse later, so could also be I’ll say when I’ve the phrases for it.
“It was phenomenal. Specifically after I noticed the Kenyan man could not go to 2.25m. At that time I knew I had clinched the bronze. I noticed a few of the Indian coaches and athletes wave the Indian flag. I had by no means been in such a place so actually did not know how you can react,” Tejaswin stated.
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