Sable aims for sub-8 minute time after new national record in Diamond League
Avinash Sable entered a high quality field in the 3000m steeplechase event at the Rabat Diamond League last week and went above and beyond his expectations. Sable broke the national record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase after finishing fifth in the Rabat Diamond League 2022 race in Morocco on Sunday.
27-year-old Avinash Sable clocked 8.12.48 in his first appearance in the Diamond League, bettering the national mark by three seconds. His previous best performance came in March at the Indian Grand Prix in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
“It was like competing in the finals of the Olympics or the World Championships. It was my first time competing in Diamond League. We can certainly improve by competing in world class events like this. I believe this is good preparation for me for the World Championships,” Sable told the media on Friday (June 10) during an interaction from Colorado Springs in the US.
The World Athletics Championships is set to take place in Oregon from July 15 to 22, where Sable will again compete in the 3000m steeplechase event.
After going from a time of 8.30 minutes to 8.12 in the Diamond League, Sable believes a sub-8 minute time could also be achieved – which would be a first for an Indian. “In 2018, when I started competing in steeplechase I was doing 8.29-30 and I never knew I could rise to a time of 8.12 minutes. But now I feel that even sub-8 minutes is achievable. I don’t think we are less capable than foreign athletes.
“It is good that I am getting the opportunity to compete in a quality field like the Diamond League. In India, when I am competing in steeplechase, I usually run alone in the field. It is good that I get to learn to run in packs while clearing obstacles and also learn the tactics of some other top runners,” he said.
Avinash Sable sets new national record in 3000m steeple chase in @Diamond_League Rabat 2022. Display 8m:12s.48ms. Rain continues @Adille1 @anjubobbygeorg1 @ril_foundation @jswsports @KritikaBhasin13 @jon_selvaraj @AndrewAmsan @rahuldpawar @WorldAthletics pic.twitter.com/o5OsZAfuFm
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The Diamond League is an annual elite athletics event that has been running since 2010. Athletes may compete by invitation only. Avinash Sable was the only Indian to participate in the competition in Rabat.
Avinash Sable has broken the national record for the eighth time in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. He is currently training with Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Paul Chelimo from April 15 this year in Colorado Springs with coach Scott Simmons.
“I was initially sent with Colorado Springs because I was the only one who had a US visa. In the past, others like Jinson Johnson have stayed here too, but couldn’t get used to the cold weather well. I’m new There was also a little skepticism about the training methods and a completely new regimen. So the confidence was low at first but in the last few weeks everything has changed,” Sable said.
The Indian sprinter now wants to focus solely on the 3000m steeplechase until he is improving in the event and performing at a world-class level.