Avinash Sable has mastered the art of beating the Kenyans and breaking records. But more crucially, he has developed winning thinking.
With just one conversation, it is clear that the Beed runner’s silver medal performance in the 3000m steeplechase at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games was no accident. He strikes the listener as a strong candidate for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Army runner Sable believes his experience at the Tokyo Olympics has transformed him for the better.
The attention surrounding Sable hasn’t deterred him from returning to the Army Sports Institute, where he is training for the Diamond League. Even after breaking the national record nine times, he maintains his modesty about the majority of his accomplishments.
“I never thought breaking the NR was an accomplishment. I want to reduce the timing as much as I can. I aim to get it under eight minutes. The goal is to raise the timing to a point where aspiring athletes will be inspired to beat it and will also feel confident that if I can accomplish it, they can too.
When Sable beat Gopal Saini’s 37-year-old record in 2018, that’s when he initially gained attention. He believes his records shouldn’t take this long to be broken, though.