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World Athletics Championships: Avinash Sable finishes 11th in 3000m steeplechase final

Avinash Sable competing in the 3000 Metres Steeplechase qualifiers during the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States Andy Astfalck/BSR Agency/Getty Images

India's Avinash Sable finished 11th in the final of the men's 3000m steeplechase event on the fourth day of competitions at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Monday (Tuesday morning in India). The 27-year-old Sable clocked 8:31.75, quite a bit below his season and personal best of 8:12.48, which is a national record.

In a 'slow' final, Morocco's season leader and reigning Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali won the gold with a time of 8:25.13 while Ethiopia's Lamecha Girma, who won silver in both the Tokyo Games and last World Championships, finished second with 8:26.01. Kenya's defending champion, Conseslus Kipruto was third with a time of 8:27.92.

Earlier, Sable finished third in heat number 3 clocking 8:18.75 to qualify for the finals. He led till around midway the race before Hailemariyam Amare (8:18.34) of Ethiopia and Evan Jager (8:18.44) of USA took over him.

Sable had finished 13th in the last edition of the championships in Doha in 2019 with the then national record time of 8:21.37.

Sable has been in a national record breaking spree in recent times with the latest being the 8:12.48 effort while finishing fifth at the prestigious Diamond League Meeting in Rabat last month.