India’s Avinash Sable bettered his national record in the 3000m steeplechase competition at the Tokyo Olympics but could not make it to the final despite clocking a better time than the top three athletes of the second heat race. Sable clocked 8 minutes 18.12 seconds in heat number 2 to finish seventh and better his earlier national record of 8:20.20 that he had set during the Federation Cup in March.
The top three from each heat and the top six from all heats progress to the finals. Sable was unlucky as the top three players in the third heat ran slower than him. Sable finished seventh in the qualifying heat and 13th overall.
Earlier, Avinash Sable had made a new record in the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championship in Patiala. With this, 26-year-old Avinash had finished 13th in the final of the World Athletics Championships in Doha. He broke his record of 8.21.37 in the year 2019.