Maharashtra farmer’s son breaks 30-year-old 5,000m national record | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Ace middle distance runner Avinash Mukund Sable smashed the three-decade old national record in men’s 5000m with a new mark of 13 minutes, 25.65 seconds at the JSerra Catholic HS meet at San Juan Capistrano in California, USA, on Friday.
Competing in a class field led by 1500m Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, Army man Sable, a farmer’s son from Beed in Maharashtra who holds the 3000m steeplechase national record, erased the 13:29. 70s mark set by Bahadur Prasad in Birmingham way back in 1992 as he finished 12th. The World Athletics Continental Tour bronze event saw Ingebrigtsen take the top honours clocking 13:02.03s.
Sable, who will be gunning for his best performance in steeplechase at the Eugene World Championships in Oregon and Birmingham Commonwealth Games, also holds the half marathon (21. 0975km) national record of 1:00:30s which he had set in 2020.
Sable’s coach Amrish Kumar said the record was on expected lines. “He called me a few days back and was con- fident about breaking the record. Soon he will also break the national mark in 10,000m,” Kumar told STOI.
Kumar said Sable w as training in Colorado with a foreign coach and was expected to continue training there till the big meets.
“His previous best came at the second Indian GP meet in March in Thiruvananthapuram. There he improved his national mark in steeplechase and set a meet record in 5000m,” Kumar said.

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