Manjit Singh wins gold in 800m, Jinson Johnson gets silver


Silver medallist Jinson Johnson and gold medallist Manjit Singh celebrate after the medal ceremony. (AFP Photo)

Jakarta, August 28: A jobless and unheralded Manjit Singh scorched the track and upstaged pre-race favourite Jinson Johnson to win gold as India achieved a rare one-two in men’s 800m at the Asian Games here today.
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.
While others did not give him a chance, Manjit said he was determined to do prove his worth.
“I saw videos of my races at national and international competitions and analysed the mistakes. I was motivated to improve myself,” Manjit, who lives in Jind, said.
It is not first time that Manjit beat Johnson as he had defeated the Kerala athlete in Pune also in 2013. (Agencies)