Xtra Time Web Desk: India’s Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker made history by winning gold and silver, respectively, in the men’s triple jump final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday. It was Indian men’s first ever 1-2 in Co athletics.
Paul became the first jumper to clear 17m in the Commonwealth Games event when he jumped 17.03m (wind assistance +3.1) in his third attempt. It was also his personal best. Paul’s state mate Aboobacker won silver with a 17.02m jump (wind assistance +1.2) in his fifth attempt. Bermuda’s Jah-Nhai Perinchief won bronze with a jump of 16.92m.
Paul had reached the final of the World Championships in Eugene, where he finished with a jump of 16.79m. Just five Commonwealth triple jumpers qualified for the Worlds, and Paul was the only one to make the final.
With just four days to go for the World Athletics Championships in the USA, Paul was still running around in New Delhi to complete his visa formalities.