Tokyo Olympics-bound Avinash Sable rewrote the national record yet again in men’s 3000m steeplechase to win the gold medal at the 24th National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala on Wednesday. He clocked a time of 8:20.20 in Patiala.
Sable had earlier qualified for Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event by shattering his own national record twice in three days though he finished 13th in the final race of the World Championships in Doha in 2019.
Avinash clocked 8 minutes 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00.
Having already secured Olympic qualification, the 26-year-old Sable was a picture of determination and confidence as he chased his target time – almost as if to honour his late Belarussian coach Nikolai Snesarev who had died at the NIS campus in Patiala on March 5.
“I am yet to hit my peak. I will increase the intensity of training gradually so that during the Games I can perform at my optimal level. I am really glad that I could rewrite my national record again for the firth time but this won’t be the last,” said Avinash Sable after the race.