Asian Games 2018: Women's 4×400 relay team clinches the gold; Jinson Johnson adds 1500 meter title to Tally

Asian Games 2018: Women

Jinson Johnson made an excellent pace race to claim the Asian Games 2018 gold 1500 meters. © PTI


The 4x400m relay quartet of Indian women from Rima Das, M. Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and V. Vismaya continued the good Indian tradition in the Asian Games relays when they claimed gold in the women's 4×400 relay at the Asian Games 2018. Hima ran a sensational The first leg, which gave India a great advantage that they never abandoned, ending with a time of three minutes, 28.72 seconds. Previously, Jinson Johnson ran an excellent pace race to claim the Asian Games 2018 gold 1500 meters while fighting a lot of runners with a last scorching kick. Johnson Johnson had finished second behind Manjit Singh in the 800 meters, but did not stop him as he clocked 3 minutes and 44.72 seconds to claim the gold. Manjit Singh, who had such good 800 meters, miscalculated his kick in the longest race and finished in the 4th position.

Manjit Singh had won gold in the 800m men's event, while Johnson won the silver medal. Manjit had finished the race in 1: 46.15 minutes, while second-placed Johnson clocked 1: 46.35 minutes. Abdalla Abubaker of Qatar came in third with a time of 1: 46.38 minutes. Manjit was losing from the start, but he ran very fast in the final stages to win the race.

Never considered a medal contender, Manjit surprised everyone by defeating more fanatic Johnson to take the gold with a time of 1: 46.15s, which was 20s faster than the Asian Championship medalist from Kerala, who He pocketed the silver. The last Indian gold in the men's 800 meters was won by Charles Borromeo in the 1982 Asian Games. It was the only second and second Indian final in 800 meters in the Games, since Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh achieved the feat in the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951.

Trained by Amreesh Kumar of the Indian Army, Manjit improved his best personal record of 1: 46.24s in Guwahati this year at the Nationals to claim his first major international medal.

(With PTI entries)

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