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Avinash Sable breaks national record again, wins silver medal in 3,000m steeplechase event

India’s Avinash Sable ran one of the most memorable races of his life, winning the silver medal in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG 2022) in Birmingham on Saturday (6 August).

Avinash Sable clocked a personal best of 8:11.20s, erasing his personal best of 8:12.48s set earlier this year in the Rabat Diamond League in Morocco.

This is the third time he has broken a national record this year. Sable’s previous best was 8:16.21s, which he set in March this year at the Indian Grand Prix in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot won the gold medal with a time of 8:11.15s, while the bronze medal went to Kenya’s Amos Serem, who clocked 8:16.83s.

The Indian was not initially in contention for a medal as he was fourth in crossing the 1,000m and 2,000m mark.

However, in the final 1,000m, Sable upped the ante to overtake Kenyan Amos Serem and win a silver medal.

It was a huge improvement for the Indian athlete who finished a low 11th at the recently concluded 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene. Sable clocked 8:31.75, finishing well below the race leaders.

Avinash Sable is confident in his abilities

Confident in his running abilities, Avinash Sable knew how to save the best for last.

In an interaction with Sportskeeda ahead of the IAAF World Championships and Commonwealth Games, Avinash was optimistic of doing well in the final round. He had said:

“I am able to run the last 400m of the 3,000m steeplechase in less than 60 seconds. I’m confident of staying in the lead in the race for the medals and unleashing my final kick on the final lap.”

True to his word, Avinash gave his best in the last round to win a silver medal and sign out of the Commonwealth Games on a high.

Also read: CWG 2022: Priyanka Goswami breaks records to win silver in 10,000m


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