In a thrilling competition, Jeswin Aldrin broke the national record in the high jump event at the AFI National Jumps Competition held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. Aldrin, who hails from Kerala, cleared a height of 2.31 meters, surpassing the previous national record of 2.30 meters set by Tejaswin Shankar in 2018.
The competition saw some of the best high jumpers from around the country vying for top honors. The event started with a height of 1.90 meters and progressed in increments of 5 centimeters. As the height increased, the number of athletes clearing the bar decreased, until only Aldrin was left in the competition.
The crowd was on the edge of their seats as Aldrin attempted the record-breaking jump. With his characteristic smooth run-up and powerful leap, Aldrin cleared the bar with ease, setting off a wild celebration among the spectators.
In an interview after the event, Aldrin credited his success to his rigorous training regime and his coach’s guidance. “I have been training hard for this event for months, and I’m glad that all the hard work has paid off,” he said. “My coach has been instrumental in helping me improve my technique and mental strength, which has made a big difference.”
Aldrin’s record-breaking jump was not just a personal achievement but also a testament to India’s growing prowess in the field of athletics. With more and more young athletes taking up the sport and receiving world-class training and facilities, India’s chances of making a mark on the global stage are on the rise.
The AFI National Jumps Competition, which is one of the premier events on India’s athletics calendar, attracts some of the best athletes from around the country. In addition to the high jump, the competition also features events such as the long jump, triple jump, and pole vault.
The event provides a platform for young athletes to showcase their talent and compete against the best in the country. It also serves as a stepping stone for athletes looking to qualify for international events such as the Olympics and the World Championships.