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 color in the women’s 10,000m race on a productive day for India at the Commonwealth Games athletics event here on Saturday. Goswami also wrote history as she became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the race walk with a silver medal in the 10,000m event. With two silvers, the Indian athletics team’s medal tally increased to four and it overtook the number one team in 2018 Gold Coast, where the country won one gold, silver and bronze each in track and field.
High jumper Tejaswin Shankar and long jumper Murali Sreeshankar won bronze and silver medals respectively in Birmingham.
The 27-year-old Sable bettered his earlier national record of 8:12.48 by clocking 8:11.20 seconds, trailing Kenyan Abraham Kibiwot (8:11.15). Amos Serem, another Kenyan, took the bronze with a time of 8:16.83.
Kibivot finished fifth with a time of 8:28.95 at the World Championships in Eugene, US, last month, while Sable finished a disappointing 11th.
With silver, Sable made amends for his disappointing performance at the World Championships.
The son of a farmer from Mandwa village in Maharashtra’s Beed district, the Indian Army jawan was content to beat World Championships bronze medalist Consueslas Kipruto of Kenya, who finished sixth here with a time of 8:34.96.
Sable, who previously served at the Siachen Glaciers before switching to athletics, has been in a race to break national records in recent times. He took 8:12.48, finishing fifth at the prestigious Diamond League meeting in Rabat last month.
Goswami clocked a personal best of 43:38.83 to finish second behind Australia’s Jemima Montag (42:34.30). Kenya’s Emily Wamusi Ngi (43:50.86) won the bronze medal.
Another Indian 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 the race walk – bronze – in the 20 km event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
“This is the first Commonwealth Games medal in running for an Indian woman, so I am happy to create a piece of history,” Goswami said after the event.
“I wasn’t thinking of the Australian (gold medalist Jemima Montag), when you look at what we did at the Olympics and World Championships in Tokyo last month, she’s a better walker than me. I just focused on my race. And I hope step by step to bridge the gap between them (in future).” When asked about the mascot and nails, Priyanka said, “I have Lord Krishna and I take him with me in every competition and he brings luck to me today.
“I also painted my nails with the flag of the country where I compete so I have England for the Commonwealth Games, Japan for the Olympic Games, Spain because I ran there and some other flags as well.”
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