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Avinash Sable Breaks National Record in Men’s 3000m Steeplechase

Avinash Sable Breaks National Record in Men’s 3000m Steeplechase at Paris Diamond League 2024

Indian runner Avinash Sable, who is gearing up for his second Olympic Games in Paris, shattered the national record in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event at the Paris Diamond League 2024 on Sunday. This remarkable achievement adds another milestone to Sable’s illustrious career and raises hopes for his performance in the upcoming Olympics.

A New National Record

Avinash Sable crossed the finish line in an impressive 8:09.91, surpassing his previous national record of 8:11.20 set at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham two years ago. This significant improvement of more than a second highlights Sable’s dedication and continuous progress in the sport. Finishing sixth in a highly competitive field at the Charlety Stadium, Sable demonstrated his potential to compete among the world’s best athletes.

Top Performers in the Race

The race saw a formidable lineup of athletes. Ethiopia’s Abrham Sime claimed first place with a personal best of 8:02.36. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amos Serem of Kenya also clocked 8:02.36 but secured the second position in a photo finish. World championships 2023 bronze medallist Abraham Kibiwot of Kenya finished third with a time of 8:06.70. They were followed by Tunisian national record holder Mohamed Amin Jhinaoui (8:09.41) and 1500m indoor world champion Geordie Beamish (8:09.64) of New Zealand. A total of 17 runners started the 3000m steeplechase race in Paris, making it a highly competitive event.

Sable’s Performance in 2024

This was Avinash Sable’s third 3000m steeplechase competition of the year. He began his season with a second-place finish at the Portland Track Festival in Orlando, USA, clocking 8:21.85. Sable then triumphed at India’s inter-state competition in Panchkula last month, winning with a time of 8:31.75. These performances set the stage for his national record-breaking run at the Paris Diamond League.

Kishore Jena’s Javelin Throw Performance

Alongside Avinash Sable, India’s Kishore Jena, also bound for the Olympics, competed in the javelin throw event at the Paris Diamond League. Jena finished eighth in the 10-man field with a best effort of 78.10m on his first attempt. His subsequent throws measured 78.05m and 76.57m, with two attempts being invalid. Despite not making it to the top three for a sixth throw, Jena showcased his potential on the international stage.

This was Kishore Jena’s second Diamond League event of the year. Earlier, he finished ninth in Doha with a throw of 76.31m. Jena, who achieved his personal best of 87.54m to win silver at the Asian Games last year, continues to strive for excellence ahead of the Olympics.

Other Notable Performances in Javelin Throw

Germany’s Julian Weber, the European Games champion, secured first place with a throw of 85.91m. Two-time world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada came second with an effort of 85.19m, followed by Czechia’s Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch, who managed 85.04m. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, a world championships silver medallist and reigning Commonwealth Games champion, finished fourth with a distance of 84.21m, marking his first competition of the year.

Season Recap for Jena

Earlier in the year, Kishore Jena finished fifth at the Federation Cup in India with a throw of 75.49m and achieved his season-best of 80.84m to finish third at the inter-state championships in Panchkula last month. Jena’s consistent performances indicate his readiness for the upcoming Olympic challenges.

Looking Ahead to the Olympics

As Avinash Sable and Kishore Jena prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympics, their recent performances at the Diamond League events provide a strong foundation. Sable’s record-breaking run and Jena’s resilient showing in the javelin throw highlight their potential to excel on the world stage.

About the Diamond League

The Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field competitions organized by World Athletics. The meeting in Paris was the eighth leg of the Diamond League 2024 series. Athletes accumulate points based on their performances in each Diamond League leg, with the top athletes in each event qualifying for the finals. The winner in each event at the finals secures a Diamond League trophy. This year’s finals will be held in Brussels, Belgium, in September.

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