While most Indian teenagers dream to be cricketers Delhi’s Tejaswin Shankar left the gentlemen’s game to create his own identity. At the recent Big 12 Indoor Athletics Championships in Ames, Iowa, Tejaswin broke his own high jump record of 2.26 metres and bagged the bronze medal with a leap of 2.28 metres. But his hunger to be on the top is still alive as he wishes to become India’s most well-rounded athlete.
In 2014 Glasgow CWG, Canada’s Derek Drouin clinched the gold with a 2.31m leap while Tejaswin believes, if Derek can then why can’t he.
He is currently attending a 4-year athletics scholarship program at the Kansas State University and training under Cliff Rovelto.
His next challenge is Federation Cup in Patiala, which will serve as a trial event for Commonwealth Games 2018.
His national record of 2.28 metre is yet to be ratified by the Athletics Federation.