Army man Avinash Sable scripts historical past: From Siachen to Steeplechase Silver at Commonwealth Games 2022

Neeraj Chopra is India’s pleasure. The younger javelin thrower scripted historical past by turning into the primary Indian to win a observe and subject medal at the Tokyo Olympics, asserting he’s a uncommon world-class observe and subject athlete from the nation that’s obsessive about cricket. Avinash Sable shouldn’t be far behind!

The 27-year-old from the Marathwada area in Maharashtra’s Beed district scripted historical past for India at the Commonwealth Games 2022, turning into the primary Indian to win a steeplechase medal.

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Sable practically received Gold and nearly ended up breaking a 2-decade previous Kenyan domination within the sport, an fascinating race with hurdles and water pits. Sable took Silver, breaking his personal nationwide file and clocking a brand new private better of 8:11.20s whereas Abraham Kibiwot of Kenya received Gold with a timing of 8:11.15s.


Sable received off the blocks shortly and caught with the Kenyan runners at the highest 3, which included Rio Olympics gold medalist and legendary Conseslus Kipruto who finally completed sixth.

To give a way of the enormity of Avniash’s achievement, take into account this truth. This is the primary time since 1994 {that a} non-Kenyan runner has medalled at the occasion as Kenya has swept the rostrum in every of the final 6 editions of the Commonwealth Games.

Avinash Sable completed eleventh in an uncharacteristically sluggish race at the Athletics World Championships in Eugene with a timing of 8:31.75s. However, as an Army man does, Sable put behind the setback and bounced again in fashion to win the historic Silver, which is value its weight in Gold, at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Avinash Sable in motion within the males’s 3000m steeplechase last at CWG 2022 (AP Photo)

Avinash Sable’s rise in steeplechase has been meteoric. When the Kenyans swept the rostrum in Glasgow in 2014, Sable hadn’t even taken to steeplechase. He took to the game solely in 2015, however has established himself as one of many best long-distance runners within the nation.


Avinash Sable’s inspirational rise from a household of modest means in Maharashtra is inspirational, to say the least. Sable’s dad and mom, Mukund and Vaishali, farmers who owned somewhat piece of land, labored as daily-wage labourers in brick kilns. Sable had to stroll greater than 6km day-after-day to get to his faculty from the time he was eight years previous. Sable had accompanied his dad and mom to the brick kiln to make ends meet for his or her household.

Sable’s expertise was noticed by a schoolteacher however the younger boy from Maharashtra couldn’t focus a lot on working and strolling regardless of having been half of some faculty meets.

However, when he enrolled himself in an area faculty and ran 8km from dwelling to faculty day-after-day, his expertise was noticed as soon as once more. This time, Sable’s trainer in faculty helped him achieve publicity and took him to college-level working meets.


It was his faculty trainer who motivated him to get an Army job. At 18, Sable received recruited by the Indian Army and he was a part of the Mahar Regiment.

As a teen, Sable was posted in Siachen, the best battlefield within the globe, identified for its severely chilly temperatures. Sable additionally served at the Rajasthan border the place the temperature would rise to extra of fifty levels Celsius two years into his job. It’s within the Army the place Sable was chiseled into a tricky, powerful man.


At the Indian Army, Sable started by working cross nation championships. However, his coach and mentor Amrish Kumar selected steeplechase for the younger man after seeing his dedication and never-say-die perspective.

Sable and Amrish shaped a powerful bond and the Maharashtra runner was quickly making a mark in steeplechase occasions at the nationwide stage. Within a 12 months of focussing on steeplechase, Sable broke a 37-year-old nationwide file in 2018.

After an unsuccessful tie-up with Russian steeplechase coach Nikolai Snesarev, Sable reunited with Amrish Kumar in 2018 and the duo set out to show naysayers improper once more.


In 2019, he broke the nationwide file once more and the timing allowed him to make his World Championships debut in Doha. He grew to become the primary steeplechaser from India at the Worlds since Deena Ram in 1991.

In the identical 12 months, Sable additionally received silver at the Asian Championships in Doha.

Sable went to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, turning into the primary man since Gulzara Singh Mann from India to characterize the nation at the Games, in 1952.

Sable broke his personal nationwide file however completed seventh within the heats with solely the highest six qualifying for the ultimate of the Olympics.

There was no let-up in Sable’s depth after the Olympics.

Thanks to the Athletics Federation of India and the Sports Authority of India, Sable had a golden alternative to practice beneath American coach Scott Simmons in Colorado Springs from April this 12 months.

In 2022, he set one other new nationwide file at the 2022 Rabat Diamond League in Morocco – 8:12.48s which he broke on Saturday in Birmingham.

The World Championships in Eugene final month didn’t go his means however Sable realized his classes and received the silver in Commonwealth Games with a brand new private greatest.

Avinash’s run in Birmingham on Saturday will definitely be etched within the reminiscence of Indian followers. August 6, 2022 is particular, very like August 7, 2021.

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