Avinash Sable finishes 10th in men’s 3000m steeplechase at Rabat Diamond League

M SudharshanM Sudharshan

May 29 2023
Avinash Sable Rabat Diamond League
(Courtesy : Olympics)

The National Record holder recently broke the men’s 5000m National Record.

India’s Avinash Sable finished 10th clocking 8:17:18 in his first 3000m steeplechase of the season at the Rabat Diamond League held in Morocco on Sunday (May 28th). The Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medallist started the race on a slower note and was initially closer to the back of the pack. On the other hand, the majority of the racers started quick and held respectable timings after the end of the 800m mark (2 laps) with the Indian looking to catch up.

If we observe the pattern of Avinash Sable, he relies to do the bulk of the damage in the final lap by setting up a good pace. But here, the other racers surged ahead in the opening few laps which was way beyond the national record holder’s reach. Sable rather than going with the back pack, needs to catch up pace at the start in races like these which have quicker timings. This was Sable’s first run of the season (3000m SC) and going forward shall improve his timing and look to break his own national record (08:11.20).

Morocco’s Soufiane El Bhakali claimed the top spot with a world lead and personal best time of 07:56.68. Wale Getnet and Kibiwot Abraham finished second and third respectively recording their personal best marks. Of the seventeen athletes that participated in 3000m SC, five of them broke their personal best marks.

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Meanwhile, National Record holder in LJ, Jeswin Aldrin, finished fifth with a best effort of 7.66m at the Venizelia-Chania International Meeting in Cuba. The athlete is said to be slowly recovering from Covid-19. His statemate and WU20 silver medallist, Selva Prabhu topped the charts in men’s triple jump clocking 16.78m (PB and Indian U20 record).

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