Who is Avinash Sable? Meet India’s history-making silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games 2022

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Avinash Sable

Avinash Sable in action at CWG 2022

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Avinash Sable won the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the 3000m steeplechase event.
  • He broke his own national record at the event.
  • Sable is also the first Non-Kenyan athlete to win a medal in steeplechase in the last six Commonwealth Games
Indian athlete Avinash Sable created history at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In the 3000m men’s steeplechase event, the man from Maharashtra clinched the silver medal at the event in Birmingham. Thus, he became the first ever Indian to win a medal in the steeplechase in Commonwealth Games history.

However, the record-breaking streak did not just end there for Avinash Sable. He finished his race with a timing of 8:11.2, thus registering a new personal best timing and also creating a new national record timing. He finished just 0.05 seconds behind gold medallist Abraham Kibiwot of Kenya. In fact, Sable is also the first Non-Kenyan athlete to win a medal in the steeplechase in the last six Commonwealth Games.

Sable was born on September 13, 1994, in the village of Mandwa in Maharashtra’s Beed district to a family of farmers, and had to survive his childhood amid poverty. He used to walk 6 kms everyday to school, and it is perhaps this intensity that built the runner in him.

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He joined the Indian Army at 18 years old and was immediately posted in Siachen, the highest battlefield on Earth, where temperatures remain extremely low. He was then posted in Rajasthan where temperatures remain above 50 degrees in the day time. These extreme conditions definitely helped in forging Avinash Sable’s tenacity.
At the Army, Sable participated in several cross country championships since 2014, but then Services athletics coach Amrish Kumar decided to switch him to steeplechase in 2017. The idea worked magically, as in 2018, Sable went on to smash a 37-year-old national steeplechase record.
In 2019, he broke the national record again at the Federation Cup, and this helped him qualify for the World Athletics Championships, becoming the first Indian steeplechaser to do so since Deena Ram in 1991. In the same year, Avinash Sable won the Asian Championships in Doha.

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In 2021, Sable became the first Indian steeplechaser to qualify for the Olympics since Gulzara Singh Mann to represent India at the Games. At Tokyo, Avinash Sable broke his own record to register a new national record, but failed to qualify from the heats.
In 2022, he set another new national record at the Rabat Diamond League in Morocco with timing of 8:12.48, which he broke at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
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Avinash Sable finished 11th in the World Athletics Championships earlier this year, and hence this win can be termed as a sort of redemption for the steeplechase athlete.

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