Asian Games: Manjit Singh wins gold in 800m, Jinson Johnson finishes second

Jakarta | Updated on August 28, 2018 Published on August 28, 2018

Manjit Singh celebrates winning the final of the men's 800m athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 28, 2018.   -  Reuters

Manjit Singh upstaged pre-race favourite compatriot Jinson Johnson to win gold in men’s 800m in a 1-2 finish for India in the event here today.

The 28-year-old Manjit ran his personal best time of 1 minute and 46.15 seconds to win his maiden major international medal.

Johnson, who smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m national record in June during the National Inter-State Athletics Championships, finished second in 1:46.35. He holds the national record of 1:45.65.

Abdalla Abubaker of Qatar was third in 1:46.38.

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Published on August 28, 2018
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