Tejaswin Shankar's coach at school says he was happy when the athlete won a medal

Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in Delhi is celebrating after former student Tejaswin Shankar, 23, won bronze in the Commonwealth Games high jump event.
Sunil Kumar, Shankar's coach at the school since class 8, said sweets have been distributed numerous times since he won the medal with a jump of 2.22 m. Alumni from the school have also taken to social media to express their congratulations.
Shankar became the first Indian to win a medal in the high jump event at the Commonwealth Games with his victory. After the Athletics Federation of India refused to include him in the contingent for the games in Birmingham, he petitioned the Delhi High Court, which ordered the AFI to reconsider. While the Indian Olympic Association later informed him that the games' organizers had not accepted his entry, he was later given permission to compete. He arrived in Birmingham just in time.
Kumar called Shankar about seven hours before his medal-winning race. "I told him not to think about what happened or didn't happen, and instead to enjoy himself and do his best." I called him in the morning after he won the medal. Many people called to wish me well. I couldn't sleep in the days leading up to his departure because I was worried about what would happen. "It's exciting when a kid who has been with you since the beginning wins a medal," Kumar said.
The 37-year-old coach spotted Shankar, among other students, in 2012 and began training him in high jump, convincing him to abandon cricket.
"The year I started at the school, class 8 students were running, and I noticed him." Even back then, he was quite tall. I approached him and inquired as to what he does. He stated that he enjoys cricket. I inquired about his athletic abilities and told him he possessed them. During the games, we began training. "This was before we even had a high-jump mat," Kumar explained. Shankar's father wanted him to keep playing cricket, but after a few victories in athletics events at school and at the zonals, he was persuaded as well, Kumar said.
Shankar attended the same school from nursery to class 12 before moving to Kansas to further his education in 2017.
Did Kumar predict his Commonwealth Games victory? "Even after he moved to the United States, we would talk about his competitions and training." I was certain he would not abandon this (high jump). Koshish thi pehle teen mein aane ki (the effort was to be among the top three)... and you can see what he's accomplished," Kumar said.
"He did two sessions of training with me here at Thyagraj stadium before he left," Kumar explained.