Asian Games – 2018: Dark Horse Manjit gallops to Gold
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Asian Games – 2018: Dark Horse Manjit gallops to Gold

Jakarta: Dark horse Manjit Singh came from nowhere to snatch the men’s 800m gold for the biggest medal of his life but finals continued to be a riddle for P.V. Sindhu, taking some sheen off her historic silver at the 18th Asian Games, on Tuesday.

Unexpected haul of a silver and a bronze in Kurash, an indigenous central asian form of wrestling, added to the tally, along with a silver in the debut event of mixed 4x400m  relay in athletics.

The Indian quartet of Mohd. Anas, M.R. Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3 minute and 15.71 seconds, while Bahrain ran away with the gold in 3:11.89. Kazakhstan took the bronze in 3:19.52.

With Tuesday’s performance, India rose a rung to eighth in the overall standings with a total of 50 medals, nine of them gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze. The country is now just seven short of matching the 2014 tally.

The 31-year-old Manjit, an unheralded runner from Haryana who doesn’t even have a national gold to his credit, chose Asian Games to find the limelight.

August 29, 2018

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