The Indian Avinash Sable qualified for the final of the men’s 3000m obstacle course in dramatic circumstances after he initially failed to cut despite improving his own national record in a race full of events at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Tuesday. Avinash recorded 8 minutes 25.23 seconds, improving his previous national record of 8: 28.94, to finish seventh in the first round number 3 and twentieth total of 44 athletes who completed the race. But he was involved in two incidents during the race that blocked his path and, therefore, slowed him down without his fault.
Doha: Avinash Sable, from India, broke his own national record and qualified for the final of the men’s 3000m obstacle course in a race full of events at the World Championship on Tuesday. Originally, the Indian had not made the cut, but after the Indian contingent appealed the decision, Sable was given a place in the final.
The 24-year-old Indian recorded 8 minutes and 25.23 seconds to finish seventh in the first round number 3 and twentieth total of 44 athletes who completed the race.
His previous national record was 8: 28.94 in March this year during the Federation Cup. Thus he ran more than three seconds better than his previous national record.
The first three in each of the three qualifiers and the next six fastest qualify for the final race.
Sable was involved in two incidents during the race, both caused by the current junior world champion Takele Nigate of Ethiopia.
In the first one, Sable had to jump over another competitor as four or five athletes in the rear fell over each other.
Halfway through the race, Nigate ran into an obstacle right in front of Sable. The Indian had to virtually climb the obstacle as he was blocked by the Ethiopian, thus losing a crucial time.
Sable recovered a little towards the end, but it was not enough for a place in the final on a track where he had won a silver in April in the Asian Championship with a time of 8: 30.19.
Sable had won a silver in the same tracks in April in the Asian Championship with a time of 8: 30.19.