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Manjit shocks favourites to wins gold in 800m, Johnson second

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By Harpal Singh BediJakarta | Tuesday, Aug 28 2018 IST
In a stunning turnaround, Manjit Singh piped his fancied compatriot Jinson Johnson to claim the Gold in the 800m race, clocking 1:46.15 minutes in the Track and Field competition at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

It's India's first gold in 800m since 1982, when Charles Borromeo captured it, clocking 1:46.81.

Pre-race favourite Jinson Johnson took the silver with 1:46.35, while Qatar's Abubaker Abdalla bagged a bronze, clocking 1:46.38.

This was India's ninth gold in these Games, so far.

Manjit was in fifth place for most of the time with Abubaker Abdalla, leading Johnson till the 600m mark.

The Indian went past Bahrain's Abraham Rotich in the final bend, before pushing Iran's Amir Moradi to begin race for the medal. Soon, he over took Johnson and Abdalla. The top three runners were separated by just 0.23s, indicating the close nature of finish.

With a personal best of 1:48.48, Manjit was far from a medal contender at the start of the race. Teammate Johnson, who had topped the heat with a timing of 1:47.39, was the hot favourite.

India also won a silver with a timing of 3:15.71 in the mixed 4x400m relay, an event which made its debut at the Asian Games on Tuesday. Bahrain claimed gold, with a mark of 3:11.89.

For India, 400m silver medalist Muhammad Anas started the race, with both the female team members MR Poovamma and Hima Das thrown in the middle, while Arokia Rajiv anchored it to the finish.

In the women's 5000m raceSurya Loganathan (15.49.30) and Sanjivini Jadhav (15.52.66) were placed 5th and 7th, respectively.

In women's javelin throw Annu Rani came 6th with an effort of 53.93 which she managed in her third attempt.

Earlier in the day, Dutee Chand and Hima Das qualified for the women's 200 metres semi-finals on Tuesday.

Dutee won Heat 4 in 23.37 seconds, which earned her a direct spot in the semi-finals.

She was second in the overall standings at the end of the first round, behind Nigina Sharipova of Uzbekistan, who won Heat 3 with a personal best time of 23.31.

Hima clocked 23.47 to finish fourth in Heat 2, just 200th of a second short of a direct semis berth as Marie Knot of the Philippines took the third spot with 23.45.

But the sprinter from Assam earned a berth the semi-finals as one of the fastest losers in the heats as she was seventh in the overall standings.

''I am very thrilled to win this gold. I am told that that has come after 36 years to India, I am proud that I got it. I am also pleased that Silver also came to India's kitty through Johnson,'' he added.

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