Unheralded Manjit Singh’s gold medal was the highlight of what turned out to be the most productive day for India at the 2018 Asian Games. Manjit, who was part of the chasing pack for much of the race, put in a burst in the final stretch to leave behind all of his favoured opponents, including compatriot Jinson Johnson, who collected silver. This is the first time since the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 that an Indian pair have finished with gold and silver in an event.
Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s table tennis won bronze after losing the semi-final to South Korea. The big match, though came after that with PV Sindhu facing Chinese Taipei star Tai Tzu Ying in the women’s singles final. Sindhu lost the match 21-13, 21-16 and thus won a silver. It is the first ever silver that India has won in badminton at the Asian Games. It was an addition to the bronze that Saina Nehwal had won earlier.
In fact, he snatched it from the seasoned Jinson Johnson with a personal best of 1:46.15 seconds. Johnson finished second for a silver, a rare 1-2 for India at the Games.