Sable rewrites national record in Paris Diamond League

To give a sense of how fast the race was, four of the top five runners either finished with a new personal best or rewrote existing area records.
Steeplechase athlete Avinash Sable
Steeplechase athlete Avinash Sable (File photo | PTI)

CHENNAI: Avinash Sable rewrote his own national record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase with a time of 8:09.91 in the Paris Diamond League on Sunday afternoon. In a relatively fast race, Sable, whose previous national record was 8:11.20, finished in sixth place.

To give a sense of how fast the race was, four of the top five runners either finished with a new personal best or rewrote existing area records. Ethiopia’s Abrham Sime finished first with a time of 8:02.36. While the likes of Soufiane El Bakkali (world and Olympic champion) and Lamecha Girma (world and Olympic silver-medallist) didn’t feature, Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot finished in third with a time of 8:06.70, a season’s best. There is some expectation on Sable to have a competitive showing at the Olympics.

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