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CWG 2022: Murali Sreeshankar “very surprised” with fourth jump

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Commonwealth Games silver-medallist long jumper Murali Sreeshankar lamented missing out on a gold, saying his fourth jump, which had been mishandled under the new laser-based technology, would have been legal in the earlier system and put him at the top of the podium. It would have been big enough to end. Sreeshankar of Bahamas and eventual gold winner Lakhan Nair made the same best jump of 8.08m. Nair was declared the gold winner as his second best of 7.98m was better than Sreeshankar’s 7.84m.

Under the rules, if two jumpers are tied at the same distance, the one with the better second best effort will be ranked next.

Sreeshankar, 23, said he initially thought his fourth attempt was a big legitimate jump that would have earned him the gold. However, his jump was declared a foul under the new system.

“I was very surprised, you can’t call it (fourth jump) a foul because I never crossed the foul board but he (the official at the edge of the pit) explained to me the exact jump position, my foot speed which was crossing the vertical plate,” Sreeshankar said in a virtual conversation.

The national record holder (8.36m) said, “If this was the previous system that we had in previous years, it would not have been called a foul.”

He said the conditions were not ideal during the Commonwealth Games long jump final as it was a bit cold and windy.

“Performance matters on a special day. In major championships, winning a medal is the priority.

“I screwed up the first three jumps, trying to jump safely (leaving a good gap). After that I was on the podium with a good jump in the last three attempts.” Sreeshankar first experienced the new system in March during the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, where he finished seventh.

“Earlier, the foul board was tilted at 45 degrees, but from this year it was just a vertical plate in between the foul board and the take off board. Hence, it is not ideal to do a perfect take off in the present scenario.

“If you hit the take-off board with a centimeter or millimeter and if the foot moves into the take-off angle, it will automatically cross that vertical plate and it’s called a foul.”

Players who missed out on medals under the new system

The new system (which also governs the triple jump) came into force on November 1, 2021, after the World Athletics Council gave its approval.

In the older manual system, a no-jump is said to occur when an athlete is judged to have touched the ground beyond the take-off line. A plasticine board set at a 45-degree angle has long been used to aid in such decisions.

“Under the new technical rule, if the take-off shoe or any part of the foot breaks the vertical plane of the take-off line, it will fail on take-off. It was felt that this would be more understandable and easier Judge,” World Athletics said in a September 2020 release.

“The Old Testament sometimes allowed toecaps to clearly broach the line without marking the plasticine. In the future, such moments wear out and the plasticine board, if used, would be bent at 90 degrees. to be set.” Sreeshankar feels that the laser-based system introduced last year to judge jump take-off fouls has led to many athletes “missing out medals” but supports the new technology, saying it removes human error in the sport. Will do

“With current technology the number of fouls has been quite frequent, with many jumpers making good jumps which are (determined) fouls. A lot of athletes missed out on medals because of this new system,” Sreeshankar said. Told.

“At the recent World Championships, silver medalist (and current Olympic champion) Miltiadis Tentoglu (of Greece) had experienced a similar foul. He thought he never stepped on a plasticine board but saw it as a foul. counted.

“His coach and my father (also Sreeshankar’s coach) were talking about it. Most of the athletes are quite disappointed with the new kind of system that has been introduced.”

‘Human error will be removed from the new system, will have to live with it’

Sreeshankar, who finished seventh in the World Championships, said the new system will remove human error and the athletes will have to adjust to technology.

“With the new technology, human error can be avoided. Even in the measurement, there is no one to physically measure the jump, it is a laser measurement system. A camera is fixed inside the pit and the measurement comes automatically. Is.” On how to live with the new system, Sreeshankar said, “Instead of going for a perfect take off, we can stay behind the board about 4-5 cm to be safe.

“Trying a perfect take-off with zero centimeters extra would not be an ideal thing in the current technological system. Since we have to rely more on technology rather than the naked eye, we have to accept that.” Sreeshankar said he will compete in the Monaco leg of the Diamond League on August 10. They have also entered the World Athletics Tour Silver Label event in Lausanne on 30 August.

AFI President Adile Sumariwala backs the new system

Adile Sumariwala, president of the Athletics Federation of India and a member of the World Athletics Council, said the introduction of this system would stop measurement manipulation. “This system is ideal because it is a laser-based system for take-off and measurement. It will remove all kinds of human error and even manipulation as we have seen in the past,” he Told.

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“At the Rome World Championships, after many years a medal was taken away from an Italian and given to another who really deserved it. The system involves no human measurement and no chance for manipulation.” When asked when this system might come to India, he said, “It is a very expensive system. It is currently used in Olympics, World Championships and Diamond League (besides CWG).

“Over time, it will come to India as well.”

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