Ankit Sharma Profile: Men’s Long Jump

Ankit Sharma comes from Pinhat village in Agra and has etched a name for himself at the International level with the Rio qualification.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 1, 2016 12:01 pm
Ankit Sharma, Rio Olympics long jump, Rio Olympics, Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio, Olympics, sports Ankit Sharma jumped 8.17 metres to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. (Source: AP)

Ankit Sharma, 24: Ankit Sharma comes from Pinhat village in Agra and has etched a name for himself on the international level when he claimed his place in the Rio games. He qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics in men’s long jump after meeting qualification mark in Kazakhstan. Ankit qualified with a jump of 8.17 metres which is also the new national record. He has been a consistent performer over the years. Last year at the National Games held in Kerala, he breached the 8 metre barrier. He also became world’s number one long jumper in the senior outdoor category, according to International Association of Athletics federation (IAAF). Ankit started this year on a good note when he broke a 27-year event record held by Pakistan’s Md. Urfan by registering a leap of 7.89m at the South Asian Games. Ankit should be expecting a tough challenge in Rio but his focus and determination to succeed would be crucial.

Event- Men’s long jump

Qualifying event – Qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics after meeting qualification mark in Kazakhstan.

Event Date – August 13

Record- Personal best of 8.17 metres in Kazakhstan.

Career Highlights – Two-time national champion, Commonwealth Games finalist.

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