As 28-year-old Manjit Singh ran his way to win the gold medal in men’s 800-m final, edging out compatriot Jonson Johnson, in Asian Games in Jakarta. Manjit Singh, an unheralded runner from Haryana doesn’t even have a national gold to his credit. Manjit was not a much-talked-about medal prospect in the build-up to the Asian Games. Singh’s wife Kiran Devi was showing their five-month-old son Abhir the medal ceremony on television at their home at Narwana near Jind.
While Manjit’s father Randhir Singh Chahal would compete in the discus throw and shot put events in master categories in their native village of Ujhana, where he has a 30-acre farm apart from a dairy in their home in Narwana, a young Manjit would often go the local stadium in Narwana for running.
In 2015, Singh shifted base to Bareilly to train under coach Amrish Kumar, who worked in Indian Army and trained athletes at Jat Regiment Centre. Singh won the silver medal in Federation Cup the same year apart from winning a silver medal in nationals in 2016 and 2017. This year saw Singh reaching his personal best mark of one minute and 46.24 seconds in nationals in Guwahati and coach Kumar believes that the three years of training without job motivated the athlete.
Manjit Singh snatched the gold from Jinson Johnson with a personal best of 1:46:15 Sec.
What a run!!! He had to come from the 4th position to win gold in the last 50 meters. He was simply sensational. Congratulations to Manjit Singh.
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