Indian runner Parul Chaudhary thrashed the national record at the Sound Running meet in Los Angeles as she became the first athlete from the country to clock a sub-nine minute time in the women’s 3000m event.
Chaudhary, 27, covered the distance in 8:57.19 to conclude 3rd.
With her latest endeavour, Chaudhary, who specialises in steeplechase, broke Suriya Loganathan’s record of 9:04.5s, set 6 years ago in New Delhi.
Chaudhary was chasing at 5th spot in the race, however the Indian gained flow in the last 2 laps to secure a podium finish.
The 3000m is a non-Olympic event in which the Indians do not often participate.
Chaudhary is also in the Indian team for the World Championships in Oregon, USA, commencing later this month. She will be participating in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event.
She had triumphed the gold in women’s 3000m steeplechase at the nationals held last month in Chennai.