Sable, Jena will face world class players in Paris Diamond League to prepare for Olympics

India’s top steeplechase athlete Avinash Sable and javelin thrower Kishore Jena will hope to give their Olympic preparations a boost at the Paris leg of the one-day Diamond League on Sunday. Reigning Olympic and world champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has decided not to participate due to a thigh problem that has been bothering him for some time.

Both Sable and Jena are not in form and have not participated in many competitions before the Olympics. But now they will try to adapt to the conditions of Paris. Athletics events in the Olympics will begin on August 1.

The 29-year-old Sable has competed in two 3000m steeplechase events so far. He clocked 8:21.85 in Portland and 8:31.75 in Panchkula while his personal best is 8:11.20.

The reigning Asian Games gold medallist said, “I have made mistakes in the last two years. I was fully fit for the two World Championships (2022 and 2023). But could not do well in both. I want to improve and hope this will be my best Olympics.”

Jena has also had a bad season so far. She threw 76.31 meters in the Doha Diamond League and 75.49 meters in the Federation Cup. She won the bronze medal in the National Inter-Provincial Championship with 80.84 meters.

His personal best is 87.54m which he achieved while winning a silver medal at the 2023 Asiad. Jena had revealed that he was suffering from pain in his left ankle after the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar (May 15-19). “The pain has reduced and I am almost fine now,” he had said in Panchkula last week.

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