Hari Shankar Roy

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Hari Shankar Roy
Personal information
Full name Hari Shankar Roy
Nationality Indian
Born (1986-04-04) 4 April 1986 (age 31)
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
Country  India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) outdoor: 2.25 m
Updated on 19 September 2009.

Hari Shankar Roy (born 4 April 1986) was an Indian track and field athlete from West Bengal who specialised in the high jump. He held the previous national record of 2.25 metres (7 ft 4.58 in) set on 28 September 2004 in Singapore during the Asian All-Stars Athletic Championship. Which was broken by Tejaswin Shankar on 10 November 2016 in Coimbatore at the National Jr athletics championships. [1][2]


Harishankar was born 4 April 1986 in Dhupjhor, a village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. In 2003, Harishankar participated in the 3rd IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in Sherbrooke, Canada. He was eliminated in the qualifying round after failing to clear 1.95 m.[3] In July 2004 during the 44th inter-state national athletics meet in Chennai, he broke the 11-year-old national record in men’s high jump by clearing a height of 2.18 m. The previous mark of 2.17 m, set in 1993 in Bangalore, stood in the name of Chander Pal Singh of Haryana.[4] In the same meet, Benedict Starly of Tamil Nadu also managed to clear 2.18 m, however, gold was awarded to Shankar Roy on the account of fewer number of attempts.[5] On 28 September 2004, during the Asian All-Stars Athletic Championship in Singapore, India's best high jumper broke his own National record with a height of 2.25 m to take the silver behind Hu Tong of China.[1] In 2007, both Hari Shanakar and Benedict Starly sailed past a height of 2.14 m during the 33rd National Games, held in Guwahati. Yet again it was Roy who won the gold on the count-back.[6]

He won the gold medal in the high jump at the 2010 South Asian Games, clearing a height of 2.16 m.

On 10 Nov 2016, Roy's long standing record of 12 years was broken by 17 year old boy Tejaswin Shankar at the National Jr athletics championships in Coimbatore.


  1. ^ a b "Hari Shankar shatters national mark". The Hindu. 2004-09-30. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Official Website of Athletics Federation of India: NATIONAL RECORDS as on 21.3.2009". Athletics Federation of INDIA. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Hari Shankar shatters national mark". The Hindu. 2003-07-17. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Hari Shankar ties for high jump record". The Telegraph. 2004-07-20. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Hari Shankar, Benedict hog limelight". The Hindu. 2004-07-20. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Hari Shankar flies high". The Hindu. 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 

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