Sable and Sreeshankar script new milestones and reach final of 2022 World Championships in Athletics

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India’s Avinash Sable earned an automatic entry into the 3000m steeplechase final at the current World Championships in Athletics after finishing third in the heats. The Indian clocked 8:18.75 and finished behind Ethiopia’s Hailemariyam Aamare and USA’s Evan Jager in first and second respectively.

2022 World Athletics Championships: Avinash Sable qualified for the final

Sable is one of India’s biggest medal hopefuls and the national record holder. He has the second-best timing of the season in the heat. As for his performance at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics, Sable was leading the steeplechase race up to 1500m before dropping to sixth. However, the Indian runner pushed for a top-three finish in the final 200 meters and was able to reach the goal in just over eight minutes.

Sable qualified for his second consecutive World Championships final having previously done so in Doha in 2019. At the Doha 2019 World Championships, Sable broke his own national record twice. In the heats, he ran three seconds faster than his national record. He finished 13th in the final with a time of 8:21.37 to again improve his national record and also qualify for Tokyo 2020.

In April 2021, 27-year-old runner Avinash Sable won a silver medal at the 2019 Asian Championships in Athletics, which took place in Doha. It was his first race on the international stage. After finishing 13th at the World Championship in Doha in 2019, Sable became the first Indian to qualify in the steeplechase event at the Olympics since Gulzara Singh Mann in 1952. Recently, Sable also took just 8 minutes 12 .48 seconds in the Diamond League in Morocco. It was the second time in three months that he had improved the national mark.

In addition to bettering the national mark, Avinash Sable broke a 30-year-old national record in the men’s 5000m in just his second run clocking 13:25.65s at the Sound Running Track Meet in San Juan Capistrano, USA in 2022. He broke the previous record of 13:29.70 set by Bahadur Singh in Birmingham in 1992.

Long jumper Murali Sreeshankar joins Sable

Indian athlete Murali Sreeshankar has qualified for the final of the 2022 World Long Jump Championships in Athletics after a strong jump of 8 meters during the qualification phase. Placed in Group B, Sreeshankar’s leap in the second attempt was enough for entry into the finals. The other two long jumpers Jeswin Aldrin Johnson and Muhammed Anees Yahiya who competed in Group A finished 9th and 11th respectively in the qualification phase.

2022 World Athletics Championships: performance of the Indian athlete on the first day

India had a disappointing start to their athletics world championship campaign as Priyanka Goswami and Sandeep Kumar finished 34th and 40th respectively in their 20km Racewalk final. Ranked 63rd in the world, Goswami finished the race with a time of 01:39:42. Two-time Olympian Sandeep Kumar finished 40th in the men’s category with a time of 01:31:58.

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