Sarvesh Kushare begins his season with high jump title in California


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Azusa, CA

India’s Sarvesh Kushare began his season on a strong note after winning the men’s high jump title at the Bryan Clay Invitational 2024 held at the Azusa Pacific University in Southern California on Saturday.

Kushare, who finished fourth at the Asian Games in Hangzhou last year with a 2.26m effort, recorded a clearance of 2.19m over the bar in California to finish first in Group A. His personal best is 2.27m, recorded late in 2022.

AJ McGloflin of the USA finished second with a jump of 2.08m. The third place was shared between Americans Cass Dobrowolski, Wyatt Thiel and Canada’s Aiden Grout, who all recorded 2.03m.

Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Nishad Kumar also participated in the event, finishing joint-sixth along with Com Cotton, Skye Ciccarelli and Owen Pennington with a leap of 1.98m.

High jump national record holder Tejaswin Shankar was listed to start but did not participate in the event.

In the men’s 1500m, Parvej Khan finished 12th after clocking a personal best of 3:38.76, making him the fourth-fastest Indian in this event’s history. His previous best was 3:40.89, achieved in 2022.

The 1500m race, run in wet conditions, was won by Colin Sahlman of the USA with a time of 3:33.96. Nathan Green finished second with 3:34.79 while Craig Engels clocked 3:35.46 to take the third spot.

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