Manjit Singh on Tuesday delivered India its only gold on Day 10 of the Asian Games at Jakarta. He secured the first position in men’s 800m track and field event. In the process, he upstaged compatriot Jinson Johnson, who was considered one of the favourites to win gold in the event. This was Manjit’s first major international medal and he completed the race in 1 min and 46.15 seconds. He was followed by Johnson who took 1 minute and 46.15 seconds to complete the race.
WHAT A RUN! WHAT A BRILLIANT RUN!
Manjit Singh had to come from the 4th position to win GOLD Medal in last 50 meters.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) 28 August 2018
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) 28 August 2018
— ANIL VIJ MINISTER HARYANA (@anilvijminister) 28 August 2018
Amazing performance by Indian athletes, Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson who have won Gold Medal and Silver Medal in the 800m event at the @asiangames2018
Congratulations to both the athletes on their shining performance and glorious achievement.
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) 28 August 2018
Another glorious day for India ????! Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 , #ManjitSingh, #PinckyBalhara, #MalaprabhaJadhav, #JinsonJhonson, #MuhammedAnas, #MRPoovamma, #HimaDas & #ArokiaRajiv for making proud! #AsianGame2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/zMiHvuHbP2
This was India’s second one-two finish in 800m at the Asian Games since Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh achieved the feat at the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951. The last gold in men’s 800m was won by Charles Borromeo in 1982 Asian Games.
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