Star India athlete Tejaswin Shankar had a profitable debut on the ongoing Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, with a podium end. On the again of a gruelling decathlon routine on the Inter-State Nationals, Tejaswin managed to amass 7527 factors on the finish of the two-day occasion to clinch the Bronze Medal.
Whereas this wasn’t Tejaswin’s, an Encourage Institute of Sport (IIS) athlete, highest rating of the season, having already scored a private better of 7648 in April at Arizona, he adopted it up with a 7546 on the Nationals, which assured his qualification for the Asian Video games, scheduled to happen in Hangzhou in September.
The 24-year-old from Delhi appeared glad along with his general efficiency and believes that it was an excellent feeling to get a medal within the first-ever decathlon, the place he’s representing India in a significant competitors. He mentioned, “That is my first competitors medal within the decathlon, representing India. This offers me plenty of confidence going into the Asian Video games as a result of a lot of the opponents who I’m going to be up in opposition to had been right here, and to have the ability to honest properly in opposition to them was fairly good.”
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“Circumstances had been slightly testing, however interstate had ready me properly for this. It was absolutely an excellent efficiency by my requirements. If we take a look at the Indian outlook as followers, we nonetheless think about the decathlon to be 10 completely different occasions, however we’ve got to grasp that that is one occasion that has ten parts, and every can’t be judged in isolation from the opposite. We take a look at it from a macro perspective, and from that lens, I used to be fairly pleased with my efficiency, he added.
Tejaswin additionally highlighted that whereas this was in all probability, from a factors perspective, his lowest amongst the final three competitions, the build-up to the match and the restoration time between the 2 competitions performed an element in his efficiency.
He mentioned, “Each decathlon is completely different. Among the opponents that I used to be competing with had scores of over 7800 coming into the competitors. The chief scored 200 factors beneath his greatest, and equally, the second-place holder scored 300 factors beneath his greatest. I additionally scored a pair hundred factors beneath. I did a decathlon three weeks in the past, and the winner did a decathlon two months in the past, and in such occasions, you can not compete week in and week out. So, the impression on the physique was clearly seen. All of the occasions that had been pushed by energy and required explosiveness are the place the scores took a success. Most likely, within the Excessive Bounce and Shot Put, I might have accomplished a bit higher, however it was solely my fourth time competing within the format, so with extra time and expertise, I’m positive that I’ll enhance additional.”
Tejaswin scored practically 200 factors lower than he favored on Day 1, having all the time said that he prefers the competitions on Day 1. To his personal shock, regardless of the minor lags on Day 1, Tejaswin marked his highest-ever Day 2 rating.
“This was my highest Day 2 rating, and we’ve got to grasp that I’m a really sturdy Day 1 athlete. Regardless of shedding near 100–200 factors on Day 1, I used to be nonetheless in a position to enhance my Day 2 rating. So, it’s all about getting the scores up on Day 1 now, and we’ve got sufficient preparation time earlier than the Asian Video games. If I can get my excessive bounce as much as 2.20 and produce down my timing within the 100 metres to 11 or 10.8 seconds, I don’t see why I can’t enhance my rating. In the mean time, it’s only a matter of fine-tuning issues for me. I can’t make too many structural adjustments with the time that we’ve got left for the Asian Video games, so the important thing goal is to get a very good restoration in and construct on the explosiveness in order that I’m contemporary for the Asian Video games,” he mentioned
Lastly, when requested if he was involved about his efficiency on the Pole Vault, the Commonwealth Video games Bronze medallist didn’t appear fazed. “In Pole Vault, earlier than coming into this competitors, my greatest was 3.80 meters, and right here I used to be compelled to start out at 3.80. Even on the interstate, I didn’t begin this excessive. I believe I used to be fortunate to get the three.80 metres bounce in and never get washed out of the competitors. Now it’s all about going again to the drafting board and determining Pole Vault once more, getting onto larger poles, and getting comfy. As soon as that occurs, I ought to be good. I’m actually not too apprehensive concerning the self-discipline,” he concluded.
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