Avinash Sable, an Indian distance runner, claimed on Thursday that he thought he had the gold in the bag going into the final lap in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
On the sidelines of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon’s opening ceremony, Sable remarked, “I thought I could win gold until the last 500 metres, but then I slipped behind.”
When the 27-year-old earned silver in Birmingham, he became the first non-Kenyan since 1994 to win a medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. In a dramatic race to the finish line, he came in only 0.05 seconds behind Abraham Kibiwot and missed out on the gold medal.
This happened immediately after he placed 11th in the USA’s Athletics World Championships.