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Ankit Sharma



Born 20 Jul 1992 Age 25
Birth Place Madhya Pradesh Gender Male
Team/State Madhya Pradesh

Long Jump

Sharma was born on 20 July 1992 in Pinahat, Uttar Pradesh as the youngest child of teacher Harnath Sharma and Mithlesh Sharma.

His family originally hails from Morena district, Madhya Pradesh, and migrated to Pinahat several years before Sharma was born.

He did his initial schooling in Morena, before graduating in commerce in Bhopal.

His elder brother Pravesh Sharma is also an athlete

Sharma aspired to become a cricketer but was unable to take up the sport due to lack of adequate facilities in Morena.

When he was eight, Sharma started practicing javelin throw. 

His instructors suggested him to switch to long jump after watching him "jump up with joy" at each successful throw.

He took part in long jump events which were a part of Raksha Bandhan celebrations in Morena, and, at his parents' suggestion, decided to pursue a career in long jump.

Apart from cricket and javelin throw, he also played volleyball, triple jump, discus throw and hurdles during his childhood.

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