Indian wins gold with record-breaking long jump

Jeswin Aldrin's impressive 8.22m jump in Switzerland, marked his return to competitions after a injury-induced hiatus.

Rishika Bhardwaj

India's Jeswin Aldrin claimed the gold medal in the men’s Long Jump event with a remarkable 8.22 meter jump at the CITIUS Meeting Athletics 2023 in Bern, Switzerland. The event was part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze level athletic meet. 

Aldrin, who returned to sporting events after an injury-induced hiatus, established the record in his first attempt. His jump was also the new meet record. His following two jumps were 8.17 meters and 8.14 meters. He also committed a foul and forfeited his final two jumps at the event.

The 21-year-old athlete from Tamil Nadu, holds India's men's long jump national record at 8.42 meters. He set the record in Bellary, Karnataka in March.

Aldrin defeated Switzerland's Simon Ehammer, a bronze medalist at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Lester Lescay, a representative of Cuba at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and South African sensation Ruswahl Samaai, a two-time Commonwealth Games medalist. 

Owing to the injury, the Indian athlete had withdrawn from both the Lausanne Diamond League and the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok in July. This event was his first competition since the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in June.

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