Photo Gallery: Athlete Manjit Singh celebrates after winning gold in men's 800m final

Zee Media Bureau | Aug 28, 2018, 23:54 PM IST
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Manjit Singh ended India's 36-year drought in men`s 800 metre competition of the Asian Games, by clinching the gold, while compatriot Jinson Johnson took the silver even as the other Indian track and field athletes continued to raise the bar on Day 10 of the continental extravaganza in Jakarta on Tuesday. Surprising everyone, the 28-year-old Manjit pipped countryman Johnson with a timing of 1:46.15s, 0.20s faster than the Asian Championship medallist from Kerala.

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With four of the eight athletes running parallelly, Manjit shocked everyone as the Haryana athlete displayed a stunning run in the final 40 metres.

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India's last gold in men's 800m was won by Charles Borromeo in 1982 Asian Games. 

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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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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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Manjit said he trained in Ooty for the last one-and-a-half years apart from Bhutan for three months ahead of the Asian Games. "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," he said.

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