Indian athletics received a major boost as three athletes, Avinash Sable, Parul Chaudhary, and Praveen Chithravel, set new national records in their respective events. Their exceptional performances not only showcase their talent but also highlight the potential of Indian athletics on the global stage.
Meanwhile, Avinash Sable, who hails from Maharashtra, set a new national record in the men's 5000m during the Sound Running Track Festival 2023 in Los Angles. Sable took 13:19.30 minutes to finish his race. By doing so he bettered his own record (13:25.65) by almost six seconds. Despite breaking the national record, Avinash finished in 12th place.
While, Parul Chaudhary also set a new national record in the women's 5000m event at the same event. Parul, who represents Rajasthan, took 17.37 metres minutes to finish her race and broke Preeja Sreedharan's (15:15.89) record. The Indian long-distance runner finished at the 9th spot in her event at Sound Running Track Festival 2023.
On the other hand, Praveen Chithravel, who competes in the men's triple jump event, set a new national record at the at a competition in Havana, Cuba on Saturday. Though the mark is yet to be ratified. The jump – measuring 17.37 metres – is set to break the existing national record. The 17m mark has been a hallowed mark in triple jump for Indian athletes for many years. But earlier this year itself the 21-year-old Chithravel from Tamil Nadu has broken this mark. He had set a new meet record (17.17m) en route to his gold medal at the 2nd Indian Open Jumps Competition in March. Having picked up a silver medal at the Asian Indoor Championships earlier, he thus made a solid start to the outdoor season too.