Avinash Sable broke his own national record to win a silver in the men’s 3000m steeplechase while Priyanka Goswami also won a medal of the same hue in the women’s 10,000m on a fruitful day for India at the Games. World Cup on Saturday. Goswami also made history as she became the first Indian woman to win a medal in athletics with a silver in the 10,000m event. With the two silvers, the Indian athletics team’s medal tally has increased to four and has surpassed the number in 2018 Gold Coast where the country won gold, silver and bronze each in track and field.
High jumper Tejswin Shankar and jumper Murali Sreeshankar won bronze and silver respectively in Birmingham.
The 27-year-old Sable clocked 8:11.20s to better his previous national record of 8:12.48 and finish behind Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot (8:11.15). Kenyan Amos Serem won the bronze with a time of 8:16.83.
Kibiwot finished fifth at the World Championships in Eugene, USA, last month with a time of 8:28.95s while Sable finished a disappointing 11th, clocking 8:28.95s in the slowest ever 3000m steeplechase. in the history of the show.
With the silver, Sable made amends for her disappointing performance at the World Championships.
A farmer from Mandwa village in Maharashtra’s Beed district, the Indian soldier had the satisfaction of beating World Championships bronze medalist Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya who finished sixth here with a time of 8:34.96.
Sable, who had previously worked in the Siachen Glaciers before taking up the sport, has been on the run of the national record in recent times. He clocked 8:12.48 when he finished fifth at the prestigious Diamond League Meet in Rabat last month.
Goswami clocked a personal best time of 43:38.83s to finish second behind Jemima Montag (42:34.30) of Australia. Emily Wamusyi Ngii (43:50.86) of Kenya took the bronze.
Another Indian in contention, Bhawna Jat finished eighth and last with a personal best time of 47:14.13.
Harminder Singh was the first Indian to win a medal in running — a bronze — in the 20km event at the 2010 CWG in Delhi.
Goswami said after the event: “This is the first World Games medal in walking for an Indian woman so I am really happy to create a history.
“I don’t think about the Australian (gold medalist Jemima Montag), when you look at what we did at the Olympics in Tokyo and the world championships last month she is a better athlete than me. I just focus on my own race and I hope to close the gap on it (in the future) step-by-step.” Asked about the mascots and fingernails she has, Priyanka said, “I have A Lord Krishna and I took me to every competition, and he brought me luck today.
“I have also painted my nails with the flags of the countries I have competed in so I have England for the World Games, Japan for the Olympic Games, Spain because I have raced there and other flags as well.”
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