Kibivot said, “I know the guy who was chasing me (India’s silver medalist Avinash Sable) and I know he’s not that fast. I wasn’t afraid of him so I controlled the race at the front.” “
OK, Kibivot may have put up a brave face, but to all who were watching the race, it was clear that the Kenyan had his heart in his mouth as he felt Sable knock him down with a brilliant late kick And was literally over his shoulder as he crossed the finish line only seconds ahead to claim the gold medal. Kibivot is a very experienced racer who has won a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and has also represented her country at the World Championships.
He finished the race in 8:11.15, while Sable crossed the line in 8:11.20, a new national record for Sable and his personal best. The armymen from Maharashtra’s Beed district were also expected to participate in a race dominated by Kenyans since 1994.
But on Saturday Sable didn’t care about prestige and neither did the number of Kenyans in the race (there were three) and ran his own race. 2018 Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase champion Consulas Kipruto of Kenya, Rio 2016 Olympic Games gold medalist and two-time world champion, finished sixth and praised the way Sable propelled him to win the silver medal.
In fact, Sable was amazing on Saturday as he became the first non-Kenyan to win a medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games since 1994. The Kenyan has won every steeplechase race in the last 10 CWG editions, claiming all the spots. Forum. Sable entered the Kenyan stronghold and came out with a silver medal.
He also set a national record with a time of 8:11.20, his personal best, second only to Kenya’s Abraham Kibivot, who won the gold medal in 8:11.15, nearly ending the race in a photo finish. Because they had tapped into some undisclosed reserves. To produce a spectacular kick of energy, literally finishing on the heels of Kibiwot. Kenya’s Amos Serem won the bronze medal in 8:16.83 s.
Although he claimed silver, Sable was not happy with his last lap and said it could have been better.
“My last lap was a bit disappointing, but I am really happy because India has won the long-distance medal,” he told reporters later.
Sable completed his first 1000 meters in 2 minutes, 40.5 seconds and second in 2:47.2, while the third was also slightly slower at 2:43.4.
Although Sable said he was a little disappointed with his last lap, he made history on Saturday.
It is very difficult to beat a Kenyan in the 3000m steeplechase, Avinash Sable beat two runners from that country to win the silver medal on Saturday. The enormity of his achievement soon overshadows him. But given how down-to-earth he is, the 27-year-old will take this feat in stride as he prepares for his biggest dream – a medal at the Olympic Games.
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