Avinash Sable- India’s steeplechase runner, has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2019 at Doha World Championship. In the tournament, he clocked 8 minutes and 21.37 seconds. But the man didn’t stop.
Sable broke the national record for the 5th time in his career clocking 8:20.20 s on Thursday. He rewrote his previous best achieved in Doha. Sable, from the Beed district of Maharashtra, is an Army personnel.
Congratulations to Avinash Sable for creating another national record! Avinash has already qualified for Tokyo Olympics. He set a new national record in men’s 3000m steeplechase with a timing of 8:20.20 at the Federation Cup in Patiala. He broke his own record of 8:21.37 pic.twitter.com/t6W4yykrQu
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 17, 2021
The 26-year-old athlete broke the national record for the 1st time in the year 2018. He rewrote Gopal Saini’s 37-year-old record.
Sable is confident in breaking the record for the 6th time.
“I am yet to hit my best. Moreover, I am gradually increasing the intensity of training. It will help me to be at my best. I want to perform at my optimal level during the Tokyo Olympics Games. I set the new national record for the fifth time but this won’t be the last,” said Sable. He has improved the national record by nine seconds since September 2018.
Although the athlete clocked his career’s best time, yet, he feels like something is missing. He feels he is at disadvantage because of not having athletes of his potential to train with. He said, his coach Amrish Kumar (fellow army man) use to ride a motorbike or a cycle ahead of him during training to give tough competition to him.
I also burnt some calories, said Sable’s coach Amrish. We don’t have runners to match Avinash’s level in the country. That’s why I cycle at a pace that normally world-class runners would run. Avinash uses to follow me.
He has been training under Amrish since 2016. Recently Nikolai Snesarev (72-year-old coach from Belarus) was assigned to overlook the middle and long-distance athletes, including Sable. But he passed away earlier this month.
“We were working together on Sable’s training. But unfortunately, he is no more. Right now we are training in Bengaluru. The intensity of training is at 80 percent currently. We need to preserve him for the Tokyo Olympics. I am sure he will break the national record again,” the coach said.
What makes Sable Special?
Coach Amrish Kumar says, one thing which makes Sable special is that he is from “India’s little Kenya”, the Beed district of Maharashtra. The district is known for its scorching heat.
“The moment I was told Sable is from Beed my interest in him grew. The region is very dry and difficult to live in. Many times people have to manage without a drop of water. People from Beed belt are naturally strong and possess excellent endurance,” coach Amrish explained.
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