Avinash Sable broke the 30-year-old men’s 5000m national record

Indian long distance sprinter Avinash Sable (Twitter)

Avinash Sable set a new national record in the men’s 5000m, breaking the feat of Bahadur Prasad who had been at the Sound Running Track Meet in the USA for 30 years.

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  • Last Updated:07 May, 2022, 12:15 IST
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Top Indian sprinter Avinash Sable broke the 30-year-old men’s 5000m national record at the Sound Running Track Meet in San Juan Capistrano, California, USA.

Sable, who also set a national record in her pet race for the 3000m steeplechase and competed in the Tokyo Olympics, clocked 13 minutes and 25.65 seconds, finishing 12th in the American meet.

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Bahadur Prasad, a 27-year-old Army man from a humble family in Beed district of Maharashtra, broke the longest record of 13: 29.70 seconds in Birmingham in 1992.

Norway’s Tokyo Olympics 1500m gold winner Jacob Ingebrigtsen won the race with a time of 13: 02.03 seconds.

The Sound Running Track Meet is a World Athletics Continental Tour bronze level event.

Sable is known for breaking his 3000m steeplechase national record several times. He did it for the seventh time during the Indian Grand Prix 2 in Thiruvananthapuram in March with a time of 8: 16.21 seconds.

He also set a national record of 8: 18.12 seconds during the Tokyo Olympics. He has qualified for the World Championships to be held in Eugene, USA from July 15 to 24.

Indian Athletics head coach Radhakrishnan Nair told PTI, “We were planning to field Avinash in both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m at the Asian Games as he has a chance to win medals in both the events.”

The Hangzhou Asian Games, originally scheduled for September 10-15, was postponed indefinitely on Friday due to increasing COVID-19 cases in China.

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