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Avinash Sabale, son of a farmer from Mandwa village in Maharashtra, is the first player from India to qualify for the men’s 3000m steeplechase since 1952. He qualified for the Olympics in the 2019 Men’s World Athletics Championships final in Doha by clocking 8 minutes and 21.37 seconds. Avinash started participating in athletics competition after joining the army.
Till 2017, he used to do long race, but after that he started doing steeplechase. He participated in Inter Army Cross Country for the first time in 2015. He gained weight in 2016. Due to which he finished 8th in Inter Army Cross Country.
There he was noticed by coach Amrish Kumar and he decided to train Avinash. Avinash lost weight under his supervision and a few months later, in 2017 in Kolkata, finished 14th in the International Elite Group in the Tata Steel 25km race. He finished first in the Indian Athlete Group.
Seeing seniors started steeplechase
After participating in cross country at the national level, Avinash Sable was selected for the national camp. He saw some seniors doing steeplechase. After which he decided to practice steeplechase in the off-season. After a few months of practice, he broke the national record in steeplechase.
For the first time in 2019, she won the silver medal at the Asian Athletics Championships at the international level by participating in the 3000m steeplechase. At the same time, in 2019, he became the first Indian to reach the final of the 3000m steeplechase at the World Athletics Championships.
Joined the army after passing Inter
Avinash Sawale joined the army after completing 12th. He was posted in Siachen in 2013-14. He was also posted in Rajasthan and Sikkim. From 2015, he started participating in the Inter Cross Country of the Army. His school was 12 km away from the village. There were no means to get there. In such a situation, after the age of 6, he had to cover a distance of 12 kilometers on foot every day.