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Gold for Hima Das, Sable books Worlds berth

Published : Mar 19, 2019, 1:16 am IST
Updated : Mar 19, 2019, 1:16 am IST

Hima though missed the Asian Championships mark on the final day competition.

Hima Das
 Hima Das

Patiala: Steeplechaser Avinash Sable smashed his own national record to qualify for the World Championships while sprint sensation Hima Das clinched the gold in the women’s 400m race in the Federation Cup here on Monday.

Hima though missed the Asian Championships mark on the final day competition.


Jinson Johnson and Rajiv Arokia won the men’s 1500m and 400m respectively to qualify for the Asian Championships. Heptathlete Swapna Barman also qualified for continental showpiece after the winning seven-event discipline with 5900 aggregate points.

The 24-year-old Sable from Maharashtra was the star of the day as he came up with a new national record time of 8:28.94 in the men’s 3000m steeplechase within six months of his earlier national record of 8:29.80 in September last year.

Sable’s rise has been remarkable as he shifted from cross country to steeplechase in 2017. He was with Belarusian coach Nikolai Snesarev when he created his earlier national record during the National Open Championships. He then parted ways with Nikolai and trained with Army coach Amrish Kumar.


Meanwhile, 19-year-old Hima, who took a one-month break from training due to her 12th class examinations, clocked 52.88 seconds, which is well below her national record of 50.79. The timing was seconds more than the Asian Championships qualifying standard of 52.75 set by the Athletics Federation of India.

Hima, the reigning junior world champion in the quartermile event, is still likely to make it to the Indian team for next months Asian Championships on Doha, considering her past performances and her potential. The selection committee of the AFI will meet on Tuesday to name the team.

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