Santhosh Kumar Tamilarnsan and Sarvesh Anil Kushare crashed out in the 400m hurdles and high jump respectively.
Abdulla Aboobacker and Eldhose Paul finished second and third respectively in the inter-state senior athletics in Bhubaneswar.
Athlete Eldhose won the second prize, while shuttler Treesa ended up third.
With a total prize money of Rs 12 lakh, the Malayala Manorama-Santa Monica Study Abroad Sports Awards is the largest monetary sports prize in Kerala.
The three contenders picked by the expert panel are Eldhose Paul (athletics), Sanju Samson (cricket), and Treesa Jolly (badminton).
From winning his first national triple jump title in 2021 to clinching the gold medal at the CWG in 2022, the humble boy from Kolenchery in Ernakulam has come a long way in a short span of time.