Indian athlete Avinash Sable has decided to pull out of the upcoming Diamond League finals in Eugene, USA. The 28-year-old 3000m Steeplechase national record holder, who qualified for the final after his fifth-place finish at the Xiamen Diamond League earlier this month, has made this decision to withdraw from the event to prepare for the Asian Games 2023.
The news of Sable’s withdrawal was confirmed on Thursday, 7 September by the JSW-backed training center, Inspire Institute of Sports, where Sable trains alongside the likes of Neeraj Chopra and Murali Sreeshankar. “TEN days to go! #NeerajChopra will be India’s sole representative at the Diamond League final, scheduled to take place at Hayward Field, in Oregon,” the IIS Vijaynagar’s official handle posted.
Earlier on Wednesday, Murali Sreeshankar has announced his decision to pull out of the upcoming Diamond League finals, citing same reason as Sable. Notably, with the withdrawal of both the Indian athletes, Neeraj Chopra remains the sole representative from the country at the event.
Neeraj to defend his title on 17th September
The Olympic medallist and World Champion, Neeraj Chopra will defend his Diamond League title on 17th September 2023 in Eugene, USA. The 25-year-old recently became the first Indian to win gold medal at the World Athletics Championships 2023 with a throw of 88.17m.