THE EUPHORIC wave, he knew, wasn’t for him. Avinash Sable saw himself on the big screen, heard the roar that echoed inside the giant bowl that the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre is, and glanced towards Jianan Wang, the Chinese long jumper for whom the packed stands cheered.As he waited for his race to begin, Sable was in no illusion about his fame. But he was self-assured about his prowess. “I knew I was faster than all my competitors, and I wanted to run a fast race,” he said.
And fast he was. By a country mile.
The Indian steeplechaser ran a Games record time of 8 minutes, 19.5 seconds to win India’s first athletics gold medal of the Hangzhou Asiad, a staggering 4.25 seconds faster than the second-placed Japanese Aoki Ryoma.
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