India’s long-distance runnerAvinash Sable smashed a 30-year-old record in the 5000 metres. This record was earlier established by Bahadur Prasad. The 27-year old athlete from Maharashtra set a new national record by clocking 13:25.65 at the Sound Running Track meet in San Juan Capistrano, USA.
Sable, an army man from a humble family in the Beed district of Maharashtra, ran with tremendous speed and kept his stamina till the end, which helped him to break the long-standing record of Bahadur Prasad of 13:29.70s, set in Birmingham in 1992.
Sable, who also holds the national record in his favourite event of 3000m steeplechase and participated in the Tokyo Olympics, clocked 13 minutes and 25.65 seconds.
But this performance was not enough for Sable to get a podium finish. He remained in the 12th position in the meet and has been getting training in the USA for the coming international events.
Norway’s Tokyo Olympics 1500m gold winner, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, crossed the winning line in a remarkable time of 13:02.03s.
The Sound Running Track Meet is a World Athletics Continental Tour bronze-level event.
Sable has smashed his own 3000m steeplechase national record on numerous occasions.
He has a good chance of winning a medal for his country in the upcoming international athletic tournaments.Indian athletics chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair was hoping to field him in both the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m in the Asian Games.
Unfortunately, the Hangzhou Asian Games, to be held from September 10 to 15, were on Friday postponed due to increasing COVID-19 cases in China.
Sable has to participate in several other events in the coming days. He has been working hard under the guidance of top athletic coaches.