In what was an excellent display of running, the 26 year old became the first ever Indian to run a half marathon under sixty one minutes, completing the run with a timing of 1:00:30. Such was Avinash’s display that he finished the marathon way ahead of his Indian counterparts – Srinu Bugatha and D.B. Budha who were the second and third best Indians with timing of 1:04:16 and 1:04:19 respectively.
An army man from the Beed district of Maharashtra, Avinash last participated in a competitive race in October 2019, wherein he qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. This half marathon, as he had said earlier, was just a part of his preparations for the upcoming Olympics where he will be plying his trade at the 3000m steeplechase.
A-WIN-ash Sable has shattered all records. 🙌🏻
New half marathon national record and a new course record for the 26-year-old. 🏆
— ADHM (@runadhm) November 29, 2020
Though he set a new national record and was the best Indian at the ADHM by miles, Avinash finished tenth overall.
It was a heartbreak for defending champion Andamlak Belihu of Ethiopia as he was denied a three-peat at the ADHM by his countryman Amedework Walelegn who defeated him to be crowned the champion. While Walelegn clocked 00:58:53, Belihu finished just a second later at 00:58:54. Stephen Kissa of Uganda rounded off the top three with a timing of 00:58.56.