Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary targets personal best in London Olympics

first_imgWinning an Olympic medal is always an arduous task and for India, a track and field medal is something that still remains elusive.Renjith Maheshwary is aware of the challenges in front of him. While a medal at the Olympics would be the biggest achievement for the triple jumper, Renjith’s personal goal would be to better his own performance and leave the rest to luck.In the last couple of years, Renjith’s performance has gone down, but the Kerala jumper is known to rise to the occasion as he did at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.Coming into the Commonwealth Games, Renjith did not have the best of marks but when at the competition, he leapt 17.07 to bag the bronze medal.Over the past eight years, Renjith has been in the vicinity of the 16m mark, although he did come up with efforts of 17.04m in 2007 and 17.07m in 2010.He qualified for the London Olympics in April this year at the Federation Cup in Patiala with a leap of 16.85m. However, there was not much for him to boast of after that and he hasn’t been part of many competitions after that.At the Olympics, however, the stakes are higher and one small mistake can cost an athlete a medal.At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the gold medal went to Portuguese Nelson Evora with a jump of 17.67m, while Leevan Sands of Bahamas took the bronze with a 17.59m leap.Renjith hopes to cross the 17m mark at the Olympics and according to reports, he says, 17.30m is a possibility with a 22-stride run-up. Only time will tell if that effort will be good enough to get him a medal in London, if he manages to achieve that.advertisementThe triple jumper has been in Italy for some time now and expects to come good when the actual competition begins on August 7.There were questions regarding his preparation and fitness for the Olympics, but Renjith answered them in the best possible way with a 16.45m in mere nine strides this week.Thereafter, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) could not do much but give clearance to Renjith for the London Games. Expecting a medal would be too much of an ask from Renjith, or from any track and field athlete, but an improved performance could pave the way for better things.rahul.rawat @ mailtoday.inlast_img

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