Asiad: Indian Long Jumper Nowhere Near Yohanan’s 1974 Leap!

At the 1974 Asian Games, India’s T C Yohanan won the Long Jump Gold with a record-breaking leap of 8.07 metres.

Today, at the Asian Games in Jakarta, India’s Sreeshankar finished fifth, managing a jump of just 7.9 metres.

India continues to struggle to match performances achieved more than four decades ago despite dramatically improved training facilities and exposure.

Cricket-obsessed India has a very, very long way to go to make its presence felt in world sports.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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