Published On: Tue, Aug 28th, 2018

Asian Games: Jobless Manjit Singh Brings Gold; Sindhu Misses Champion Rank

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A jobless Manjit Singh, unexpected for gold at Jakarta Asian Games, steals the show in the men’s 800m on Tuesday. It was the biggest medal in his life and with this India rose to 8th place in the overall standings, grabbing a total of fifty medals, the breakup of which is 9 gold, 19 silver and twenty two bronze.

Asian Games- Jobless Manjit Singh Brings Gold; Sindhu Misses Champion Rank

The 31-year-old from Indian state of Haryana snatched the gold from seasoned Jinson Johnson at GBK Stadium and this reveals his tremendous hard work in past two years or more since losing his ONGC job in March 2016. A flood of bad memories was overshadowed with his stunning run of 1:46.15.

In the 4x400m mixed relay race India finished second, settling for silver at 3:15.71 by the quartet of Muhammed Anas, M R Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv. Behrain took away the gold in 3:11.89.

In the finals of archery India again settled for silver in both men’s as well as women’s team events. South Korea grabbed gold.

Sindhu managed to bring first ever singles silver in the Asian Games in badminton even though a gold medal was expected from her. After collecting the medal she said the defence of Taipei player was too strong and collecting points was difficult even though she played patiently.

In the women’s 52kg wrestling Pincky Balhara grabbed silver medal while Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav brought home a bronze. The teenagers didn’t had money to buy kits for their practice before the games. Intervention of sports ministry helped them come so far.

Talking to the media Balhara said, “People in my village pooled in Rs 1.75 lakh to send me to training camp. They all have supported me a lot.”

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