Indian sprinter Manjit Singh won a gold medal in 800m event on the tenth day of the Asian Games 2018, while his fellow countryman Jinson Johnson finished second to claim a silver medal on Tuesday.
Manjit finished first with a timing of one minute and 46.15 seconds. Jinson was 0.20 seconds behind his compatriot.
Qatar's Abubaker Abdalla clocked 1:46:38 to finish third in the 800m event.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the Indian pair of sprinters, saying: "Our athletes continue to bring laurels for the country! Congratulations Manjit Singh for winning the Gold and Jinson Johnson for the Silver in the Men’s 800m events at the @asiangames2018. Your stupendous performance has made the entire country extremely proud."
Our athletes continue to bring laurels for the country! Congratulations Manjit Singh for winning the Gold and Jinson Johnson for the Silver in the Men’s 800m events at the @asiangames2018. Your stupendous performance has made the entire country extremely proud #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 28, 2018
With this, India's medal tally rose to 47 in total, including nine gold, 17 silver and 21 bronze medals.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hailed Manjit, mentioning how he went on to win gold from the fourth position in last 50 meters.
WHAT A RUN! WHAT A BRILLIANT RUN!— Chowkidar Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 28, 2018
Manjit Singh had to come from the 4th position to win GOLD Medal in last 50 meters.
With a timing of 1:46:15 in 800m men's event, he was simply sensational! Very proud! #KheloIndia #AsianGame2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/mZf6yaCnPO
In women's 200m semi-finals, Dutee Chand set herself up on course for a second Asian Games medal after qualifying for the final but Hima Das suffered a heartbreak as she was disqualified for a false start.
Dutee, who won a silver in women's 100m dash, stormed into the final by winning the semifinal in personal-best time of 23:00 seconds, which was faster than her qualification round timing.
Dutee was in third position in the beginning but made up in the last 50m stretch to edge out Edidiong Odiong (23.01) and Lingwei Kong (23.32).
Hima, the silver medallist in the women's 400m, lined up for the semifinal heat number two but had to make a premature exit due to a false start.
She will now hope to make up for the mistake in the mixed 4x400m relay, making its debut at the Asian Games, later in the day.
Dutee was faster than Hima in the qualifying, clocking 23.37, compared to 23.47 of the latter.
In the National Inter-State Championships in June, Hima had won the 200m gold in 23.10 ahead of Dutee, who had clocked 23.41.