Ankit Sharma
Country India
Date of Birth 1992-07-20
Age 28 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Long jump
Ankit Sharma, Men's Long Jump, Athletics
  • Group
    13th Aug, 5:50am
    Rank: 24 D: 7.67


  • He holds the long jump national record of 8.19 metres set in June 2016 at the G. Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan



Breaking his own national record with a leap of 8.19 mts to bag the gold at the Kosanov memorial meet held in June in Almaty in Kazhakstan, Ankit booked a berth for Rio Olympics by getting past the qualifying mark of 8.15m. The national record was earlier in the name of K. Prem Kumar whose effort was 8.09 set in 2013. Though it was a big moment in his career, observers who had followed his progress are not surprised.


The lad's progress has been significant in recent times. At the national games in Kerala last year, Ankit had breached the 8 mt mark.In the SAF Games in February in Guwahati, he had 7.89mt leap which set a new record erasing Pakistani jumper Md Urfaq's 1989 mark of 7.79mt. He is only the fifth person from India to breach the 8 mt barrier in long jump.


Ankit was unlucky not to have represented the country in the Incheon Asian Games because the feeling was he was no medal prospect. However subsequent events after the Games showed how the assessment was wrong. He jumped 7.91 m in the Federation cup 2013 which itself was good enough for an Games medal on hindsight. He was among the best junior jumpers in the world at one point and that element of promise continues.