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Asian Games 2018: Jinson Johnson Adds 1500-Metre Gold To His 800-Metre Silver

30 August, 2018 12:57 PM
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Jinson Johnson, who finished with silver in the 800 metres, claimed gold in the 1500 metre.

Manjit Singh had won gold in the men's 800 metres event while Johnson clinched the silver medal. Manjit had finished the race in 1:46.15 minutes while second-placed Johnson clocked 1:46.35 minutes. Qatar's Abdalla Abubaker came third with a time of 1:46.38 minutes. Manjit was trailing early on but he sprinted real fast in the final stages to win the race.

Never considered a medal contender, Manjit surprised one and all by pipping more fancied Johnson to clinch the gold with a timing of 1:46.15s, which was .20s faster than the Asian Championship medallist from Kerala, who bagged the silver. India's last gold in men's 800m was won by Charles Borromeo in 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.

Coached by India Army's Amreesh Kumar, Manjit bettered his personal best mark of 1:46.24s set in Guwahati this year at the Nationals to claim his maiden major international medal.


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