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Manjit Singh wins India’s first gold in 800m since 1982 Asiad

Manjit Singh of India celebrates victory after winning Men’s 800m on day ten of the Asian Games on August 28, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

India achieved a rare feat on Tuesday (28) when Manjit Singh scorched the track to win gold in men’s 800m at the Asian Games. He upstaged pre-race favourite Jinson Johnson to clinch the gold with a timing of 1:46.15s. This was .20s faster than Johnson, who won the silver medal. India’s last gold in men’s 800m was in the 1982 Asian Games and it was won by Charles Borromeo. Manjit, coached by India Army’s Amreesh Kumar, told PTI that he wanted to prove he was capable. “I saw videos of my races at national and international competitions and analysed the mistakes.…

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