India’s Avinash Sable took a silver medal for the country on Friday in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Sable settled for silver after clocking 8:11.20 to finish second – this is his personal best and also a national record. It should be noted that Abraham Kibiwot from Kenya won the gold medal with a time of 8:11.15 and Amos Serum from Kenya came in third with 8:16.83
Notably, this is India’s fourth medal in athletics after Tejaswin Shankar’s bronze in the high jump, Murali Sreeshankar’s silver in the long jump and Priyanka Goswami’s silver in the 10,000m race.
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Avinash Sable, an army man from Maharashtra, admitted in an interview that breaking national records is not difficult. This determination is why Sable holds three national records in track events – the 3000m steeplechase, 5000m and the half marathon.
Sable competed in his first Diamond League earlier this year, breaking the national record in the 3000m steeplechase and finishing fifth. At the recently concluded World Championships in Eugene, although Sable managed his best ever finish in 11th place, he certainly wouldn’t have been impressed with his timing of 8:31.75.
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At the national level there is currently no better steeplechaser than Sable and it can be argued that he is the best in India. Sable was the first Indian since 1952 to qualify for the steeplechase event at the Olympics. Not only does he hold the national record in the steeplechase, but he also broke his own record almost every time he went out to race.