New Delhi: India’s Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson claimed the gold and silver medals respectively in the 800 metres race at the 18th Asian Games on Tuesday.
Manjit Singh outclassed the pre-race favourite compatriot Jinson Johnson to win gold. Manjit finished first with a timing of one minute and 46.15 seconds. Jinson was 0.20 seconds behind his compatriot.
The 28-year-old Manjit ran his personal best time of 1 minute and 46.15 seconds to win his maiden major international medal.
While others did not give him a chance, Manjit said he was determined to prove his worth.
India bags both God and Silver in Men’s 800m Finals. Congratulations Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson for the brilliant show.What a sprint! #ManjitSingh#JinsonJohnson pic.twitter.com/KJ5ieffWdB
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) August 28, 2018
“I had prepared well. I had strategised to follow runners initially and then push towards last 100-150m. I did it and won gold for my country,” an elated Manjit said.
India’s last gold in men’s 800m was won by Charles Borromeo in the 1982 Asian Games.
It was India’s only second one-two finish in 800m at the Games since Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh achieved the feat at the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951.
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