Avinash Sable beats the national record for the 3000m steeplechase for the 8th time, at the Rabat Diamond League

The Indian Avinash Sable broke the national record for the 3000m steeplechase in 8.12.48 on Sunday during the Rabat Diamond League.

En route to finishing fifth in the race in Morocco, Sable edged out Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze medalist Benjamin Kigen.

Incidentally, his timing would have helped him place fourth at the Tokyo Games.

The 27-year-old shaved nearly four seconds off his previous national best (and personal best) which was 8.16.21 at the Indian Grand Prix at Thiruvananthapuram in March earlier this year.

His NR time in Rabat was the 8th time he set the steeplechase record. He first beat him in 2018 when he clocked 8.29.80 at the Interstate Championships to erase the then 37-year-old mark of 8.30.88 set by Gopal Saini.

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Sable recently clocked 13.25.65 in the men’s 5000m at the Sound Running meet in San Juan Capistrano, USA last month to erase the longest-serving national record in men’s track and field athletics – the mark of Bahadur Prasad of 13.29.70 who has held firm for 30 years.

The 5,000m record – which Sable won in her second competitive race at the distance is also the third national record to her name – more than any other athlete currently. He also holds the national men’s half marathon record as well as the men’s national steeplechase record.

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