Krishna Jayasankar made history by becoming the second Indian female shot putter to break the 15m barrier, after Manpreet Kaur. The University of Texas varsity and athletic scholarship student won the silver medal at the United States Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Jayasankar, who hails from Tamil Nadu, set a personal best in the women’s indoor shot put category with a 15-meter throw. Only Manpreet Kaur has ever broken the 15m barrier, throwing the shot put at 15.21m in Doha in 2016.
Erna Gunnarsdottir (16.79m) of Iceland took gold from afar in Alabama, while Lacee Barnes (14.86m) of the Cayman Islands was third.
Jayasankar, a discus thrower, is currently enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso with a Rs 1.5 crore scholarship, making her India’s first female thrower, Tamil Nadu’s first female athlete and India’s second female athlete. Indian athletics. after Lizabeth Karoline (Triple Jumper).
Jessica Schilder of the Netherlands now holds the season record for the farthest throw with an impressive 19.72m. No one has hit such a distance with a shot put in the past six years as this Dutch athlete.
India would pin their hopes on Jayasankar to improve and bring home some medals.
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