Sreeshankar started off with a modest 7.79m before bettering it with 7.94m in his second attempt. It was in his third attempt that the Commonwealth Games 2022 silver-medallist jumped the 8.09m distance to cement his third-placed finish.
Greece's Miltiadis Tentoglou finished first (8.13m) and Switzerland's Simon Ehammer finished a close second (8.11m). A distance of 0.02m separated the top three jumpers at the Paris event.
Murali had clinched the gold medal at the 13th International Jumping Meeting Filahtlitikos in Greece with a best jump of 8.18m. A repeat of that performance would have gifted him a first-place finish by a mile.
“We want to get prepared for the big stage events like the World Championships and Asian Games which are lined up for this year," the Indian had said ahead of the Paris event.