Tejaswin Shankar enters high jump final at 2018 Commonwealth Games

National record holder Tejaswin Shankar advanced to the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games high jump competition after finishing ninth in the qualifying round in Gold Coast on Monday. ()

Shankar finished a joint fifth in Group A and ninth overall. The Indian cleared 2.21m in final analysis after starting out at 2.10m.

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None of the competitors in fray could touch the official mark set at 2.27m with 2.21m being the best effort by the top 12, who made the cut for the finals scheduled on April 14.

The 21-year-old Shankar is a Youth Commonwealth Games gold-medallist. He had qualified for the Games by claiming a national record of 2.28 m during the Federation Cup last month.

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Among others who advanced were Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc’s younger brother Brandon Starc, a crowd favourite at today’s event.

In the women’s 400m heats, India’s Hima Das made the semifinals with a timing of 52.11sec, which left her 8th in the overall standings. However, MR Poovamma failed to move ahead, clocking 53.72sec in her heat to finish 24h overall.