Avinash Sable broke his own national record in the mens 3000m steeplechase . Priyanka Goswami became the first Indian woman to win a medal in the 10,000m race walk .
BIRMINGHAM, INDIA — On a productive day for India in the Commonwealth Games athletics competition here on Saturday, Avinash Sable broke his own national record in the mens 3000m steeplechase, while Priyanka Goswami earned the same colour in the womens 10,000m race walk.Goswami made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in the 10,000m field, winning silver.With the two silver, the Indian athletics teams medal count has climbed to four, and it has already passed the number achieved in 2018 Gold Coast, where the country won gold, silver, and bronze in track and field.Tejswin Shankar, a high jumper, and Murali Sreeshankar, a long jumper, both received bronze and silver medals in Birmingham.Amos Serem of Kenya won the bronze medal with a time of 8:16.83.Kibiwot had finished fifth at the World Championships in Eugene, USA, last month, clocking 8:28.95s, while Sable came in 11th place, clocking 8:28.95s in the slowest ever 3000m steeplechase in the showpiece's history.With the gold, Sable made amends for his poor showing at the World Championships.The Indian Armyman, a farmer son of Mandwa village in Maharashtra's Beed district, had the pleasure of defeating Kenya's bronze medalist Conseslus Kipruto, who finished sixth here in 8:34.96. When he came fifth at the prestigious Diamond League Meeting in Rabat last month, he clocked 8:12.48.Goswami set a personal record of 43:38.83 seconds to finish second behind Jemima Montag (42:34.30) of Australia.Emily Wamusyi Ngii (43:50.86) of Kenya claimed the bronze medal.Bhawna Jat, the other Indian in the fray, placed eighth and last with a personal best time of 47:14.13. I'm really proud to have created a piece of history, Goswami said after the competition.This is the first Commonwealth Games medal for an Indian woman to walk, so I'm really proud to have won it, he said.When you look back at what we did at the Olympics in Tokyo and the world championships last month, I wasnt thinking about the Australian (gold medalist Jemima Montag), she is a better walker than I am.I just focused on my own race and am hoping to close the gap on her (in the near future) step by step. I've also painted my nails with the flags of the country in which I compete, so I have England for the Commonwealth Games, Japan for the Olympic Games, Spain because I competed there, and some other flags as well.
Congratulations to our national race walking champion Priyanka Goswami for winning the coveted Silver medal. By this medal, she has inspired many youngsters in India to take up this sport. May she keep scaling new heights of success in the times to come. #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/GKHPjgUEMo— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2022