India's Parul Chaudhary won her first title of the season in the women's 3000m steeplechase at the Track Night NYC 2023 athletics meet in New York on Friday.
The 28-year-old athlete, who has been training in the US, clocked 9:41.88 to win the race, more than three seconds off her personal best. Parul Chaudhary had clocked her personal best of 9:38.09 at the World Championships last year. Chaudhary had earlier this month set a new national record in women's 5000m at the Sound Running Track Festival in Los Angeles. Parul Chaudhary also managed to comfortably breach the qualifying mark of 9:58.55s in the women's 3000m steeplechase for the Asian Athletics Championships, to be held later this year.
The standing national record in the women's 3000m steeplechase is 9:19.76, held by Lalita Babar. Parul Chaudhary's own personal best in the event is 9:38.09, more than three seconds better than her run on Friday. Parul Chaudhary and the other Indian athletes are currently training and competing in the USA.
Meanwhile, India's Lili Das on Friday finished third in the women's 1500m race at the World Athletics Continental Tour event, clocking 4:15.23. Alexina Teubel of the USA won the event with a timing of 4:07.68. While in the men's 1500m, Ajay Kumar Saroj clocked a time of 3:41.28 to finish eighth. Shankar Lal Swami, meanwhile, did not finish (DNF) the men's 3000m steeplechase.