Commonwealth Games 2022 | Priyanka Goswami and Avinash Sable win silver in athletics

Harminder Singh was the first Indian to win a medal in race walking — bronze — in the 20 km event at the 2010 CWG in Delhi

Harminder Singh was the first Indian to win a medal in race walking — bronze — in the 20 km event at the 2010 CWG in Delhi

Avinash Sable broke his own national record to win silver in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, while Priyanka Goswami won a medal of the same color in the women’s 10,000m race walk on a successful day for India in the athletics event at the Games Commonwealth on Saturday.

Goswami also made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in race walking with a silver in the 10,000m event.

With the two silver medals, the Indian athletics team’s medal tally has risen to four and has already surpassed the tally in 2018 in Gold Coast, where the country won gold, silver and bronze medals in athletics.

High jumper Tejswin Shankar and long jumper Murali Sreeshankar won bronze and silver respectively in Birmingham.

Sable, 27, clocked 8:11.20 seconds to better his previous national record of 8:12.48 and finished behind Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot (8:11.15). Another Kenyan, Amos Serem, took bronze with a time of 8:16.83.

Kibiwot finished fifth at the World Championships in Eugene, USA, last month in 8:28.95s, while Sable finished a disappointing 11th, clocking 8:28.95s in the slowest 3000m steeplechase in the show’s history.

With the silver, Sable avenged her disappointing performance at the World Championships.

Son of a farmer from Mandwa village in Maharashtra’s Beid district, the Indian Army man had the pleasure of beating World Championship bronze medalist Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, who finished sixth here in 8:34.96.

Sable, who earlier served in the Siachen Glaciers before taking up athletics, has recently been on the verge of breaking a national record. He clocked 8:12.48 when he finished fifth at the prestigious Diamond League meet in Rabat last month.

Goswami clocked a personal best time of 43:38.83s to finish second to Jemima Montag (42:34.30) of Australia. Emily Wamusii Ngii (43:50.86) of Kenya took the bronze.

The other Indian in the fray, Bhawna Jat finished eighth and last in a personal best time of 47:14.13.

Harminder Singh was the first Indian to win a medal in race walking – a bronze – in the 20 km event at the 2010 CWG in Delhi.

“This is the first Commonwealth Games medal in walking for an Indian woman, so I’m really pleased to have created a piece of history,” Goswami said after the event.

“I wasn’t thinking about the Australian (gold medalist Jemima Montag), when you look at what we did at the Tokyo Olympics and the world championships last month, she’s a better walker than me. I just concentrated on my own competition and I hope to fill the gap in it (in the future) step by step.” Asked about the talismans and nails she had, Priyanka said, “I have Lord Krishna and I take it with me to every competition and he brought me luck today.

“I’ve also painted my nails with the flags of the country I’m competing in, so I’ve got England for the Commonwealth Games, Japan for the Olympics, Spain because I competed there, and some other flags.”

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