Knocked down after an Ethiopian runner before went to earth, India’s Avinash Sable recovered brightly and maintained pace with a few of the planet’s greatest to enhance his national record in the 3000m steeplechase in the world athletics championship in Doha on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Army runner clocked an impressive 8:25.34 minutes, a significant improvement on his federal mark of 8:28.94 clocked in Patiala at the Federation Cup in March.
Sable originally couldn’t advance to the closing because he finished seventh in his heat after the disruptions, but after an appeal by the Athletics Federation of India, he had been included in the list of finalists. His two drops, however, hurried Sable’s hopes of attaining the Tokyo Olympics eligibility mark of 8:22.00.
The best three in each heat and the next six quickest advanced to the last. Zak Seddon of Great Britain clocked 8:22.51 secs and was the 15th and final runner to be eligible, before Sable’s addition.
The race started poorly for Sable, who watched Ethiopia’s Takele Nigate return after being triggered inside the first 30 meters. Sable, directly behind him tripped but somehow prevented a heavy autumn and picked up himself to combine the top runners.
On the other hand, the Ethiopian, shaken from the collapse, again slipped only before clearing the barrier at the very first water jump and Sable, running behind him was caught out.
“We’d done great prep and 8:20 was inside Avinash’s reach, but both drops changed his race,” said his trainer Amrish Kumar.
Sable, whose 2018 year was blighted with trauma, lost crucial moments but still managed to finish a creditable 20th overall. He’d come into prominence following breaking Gopal Saini’s 30-year-old nationwide album in Bhubaneswar in September this past year.