World Athletics Championships 2022: India’s Avinash Sable finishes 11th in 3000m steeplechase

Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco won the race to become the first non-Kenyan to do a double by claiming both the Olympic Games and World Championship titles.

By Ali Asgar Nalwala
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

India’s Avinash Sable clocked 8:31.75 in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final to finish 11th in the 15-man field at the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Oregon, USA on Monday.

Tokyo 2020 champion Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco won the tactical race in 8:25.13 to upgrade his bronze from the last world championships. He also became the first non-Kenyan to do a double by winning both the Olympic Games and World Championship titles.

Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia (8:26.01) won his second straight world championship silver while defending champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya (8:27.92) bagged his fifth straight worlds medal in third.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwot of Kenya was fifth ahead of Rio Olympic silver winner Evan Jager of the USA.

Avinash Sable could not find a breakthrough in a tightly contested final which saw two falls during the course of the race.

It was the slowest men’s 3000m steeplechase race in the history of the world athletics championships. The slowest before this was in Edmonton 2001, where Reuben Kosgei of Kenya won the race in 8:15.16.

“The pace was very slow today, my tactic did not work and that (cost) me the gold,” Lamecha Girma said. “I was trying to change the tactic but the pace limited me very much.”

Avinash Sable made the 3000m steeplechase final after he finished seventh fastest overall among the 15 qualifiers in the heats with a time of 8:18.75. Soufiane El Bakkali had topped with 8:16.65.

The 27-year-old Avinash Sable came into the Oregon22 on the back of impressive performances having broken his 3000m steeplechase national record multiple times this year.

Avinash Sable achieved the then national record timing of 8.16.21 at the Indian Grand Prix 2 in March to make the cut for the Oregon 2022 before breaking it again with 8:12.48 at the Rabat Diamond League last month.

Avinash Sable is the only Indian male steeplechaser since Deena Ram in 1991 to run at the world championships.

This was Avinash Sable's second straight final at the world championships. At the Doha 2019 world championships, Avinash Sable finished 13th in the final in 8:21.37.


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