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Avinash Sable disappoints with 11th finish in slow race

27-year-old clocks 8:31.75, way below his season’s and personal best of 8:12.48
Avinash Sable (extreme right) during his heats in Eugene on Saturday.
Avinash Sable (extreme right) during his heats in Eugene on Saturday.
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PTI   |   Eugene   |   Published 20.07.22, 03:45 AM

India’s Avinash Sable finished 11th in the final of the men’s 3000m steeplechase event with a disappointing show on the fourth day of competitions at the World Championships here.

The 27-year-old Sable clocked 8:31.75, way below his season’s and personal best of 8:12.48, which is a national record. It was, however, the slowest 3000m steeplechase final race in World Championships history with all the three medal winners clocking way below their season’s and personal best.

The runners ran a tactical race with a medal in mind. Morocco’s Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali, who has a season-leading time of 7:58.28, won the gold, clocking 8:25.13, while Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma (season’s best: 7:58.68), who won silver in both the Tokyo Games and the last World Championships, finished second in 8:26.01.

Kenya’s defending champion Conseslus Kipruto (season’s best: 8:08.76) was third with a time of 8:27.92. Kipruto had won gold in the last edition with a time of 8:01.35. Sable had qualified for the final after finishing third in heat No.3 and seventh overall with a time of 8:18.75.

He had finished 13th in the last edition of the championships in Doha in 2019 with the then national record time of 8:21.37. The Indian Armyman from a village in Maharashtra’s Beed district was at the 14th spot at the 1km mark with a time of nearly 3 minutes (2:59.46) and remained there at the 2km mark with 5:53.72.

He moved up to 12th in the last lap and to 11th in the final 100m stretch. Sable, who has earlier served at the Siachen Glaciers before taking to athletics, has been on a national record-breaking spree in recent times.

His latest best was 8:12.48 when he finished fifth at the prestigious Diamond League meet in Rabat last month. On Sunday, India’s Murali Sreeshankar finished seventh in a 12-athlete field in men’s long jump.

His best effort was a 7.96m jump which came in his first attempt. Anju Bobby George was the first Indian long jumper to make it to the finals at World Championships. She went on to win a bronze back in 2003 in Paris.

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra will be seen in action on Friday, when the qualifying rounds of the javelin event take place. Neeraj is eyeing a podium finish here.



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