Avinash Sable impresses again and finishes fourth in the 3000m steeplechase in California

Indian steeplechase Avinash Sable, who has been in fine form for the past few months, finished fourth in the USATF Distance Classic event in California with a time of 8:25.82s. The 27-year-old narrowly missed out on a medal but edged out Rio Olympic medalist Evan Jager.

Although his time was not the best of the day, it still put him in contention for a medal. Meanwhile, Jager clocked 8:27.88, well below Sable. The top three spots in the event all went to Tokyo 2020 Olympians John Gay of Canada, Mason Ferlic of the United States and Matthew Hughes of Canada.

Before that, Sable, India’s top distance runner, broke a 30-year-old record in the 5,000m long distance event at the Sound Running Track Meet in San Juan Capistrano, California. He finished 12th in the race in 13:25.65s, beating Bahadur Prasad’s record of 13:29.70s set in 1992.

As for the 3000m steeplechase, Sable managed to improve the national record during Indian Grand Prix 2, at Chandrasekharan Nair Police Stadium. He finished the race in just 8:16.21 seconds, slashing his previous best by 1.91 seconds.

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