Indian steeplechaser Parul Chaudhary achieved her personal best performance along with securing a spot in the finals of the women’s 3000m Steeplechase at the World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest.
During the second heat on Wednesday, the 28-year-old athlete completed the race in 9:24.29, clinching fifth place and confirming her position in the upcoming final round. Parul surpassed her previous record by over five seconds, surpassing her timing from the Los Angeles Grand Prix held at the Drake Stadium, where she had finished the course in 9:29.51.
Parul Chaudhary secured the Asian title in July during the Asian Athletics Championships in Thailand with a time of 9:38.76. Building on her prior success, which included a gold medal at the Inter-State Nationals and the Asian Athletics Championships, Parul began the second heat of the World Championships with a cautious start.
She maintained a steady pace, staying slightly behind the frontrunners. As the race progressed, she managed to secure fifth place, guaranteeing her spot in the finals.
Parul achieved the distinction of being the second athlete to progress past the qualifying round. This accomplishment followed long jumper Jeswin Aldrin’s achievement earlier in the day, as he leaped a distance of 8.00 meters to secure his place in the final of the long jump event.