Avinash qualifies for Olympics after smashing 3,000m steeplechase national record for second time

first_img Press Trust of India DohaOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 09:18 IST Avinash Sable (Twitter/@Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSAvinash Sable qualified for Tokyo Olympics in men’s 3,000m steeplechase eventSable also shattered his own national record as he clocked 8 minute 21.37 seconds to qualify for 2020 OlympicsThe Indian finished at 13th spot out of 15 in 3,000m steeplechase event at WorldsIndia”s Avinash Sable qualified for Tokyo Olympics in men’s 3,000m steeplechase event by shattering his own national record for the second time in three days though he finished 13th in the final race of the World Championships here on Friday.Avinash clocked 8 minute 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00. He also bettered his own national record of 8:25.23 which he clocked on Tuesday during the first round heats.But the difference in class with the medal winners was evident as he finished far behind at 13th spot out of 15 who completed the race.Reigning Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya defended his 2017 title with a time of 8:01.35, more than 20 seconds faster than Avinash, while Lamecha Girma (8:01.36) of Ethiopia and Soufiane Bakkali (8:03.76) of Morocco took the silver and bronze respectively. The 25-year-old from Mandwa in Maharashtra had made it to Friday”s finals in dramatic circumstances after he initially failed to make the cut in the heat races on Tuesday.He was later included among the men”s 3000m steeplechase finalists after the Athletics Federation of India successfully protested that he was obstructed by other athletes during the heat race.The race referee, after examining video footages, agreed that Avinash was significantly obstructed on two occasions. India”s protest was accepted and under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction), and Avinash was included for the final.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Avinash qualifies for Olympics after smashing 3,000m steeplechase national record for second timeSteeplechase runner Avinash Sable clocked 8 minute 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00. He also bettered his own national record of 8:25.23 which he had clocked on Tuesday during the first round heats.advertisement Nextlast_img