Jinson Johnson said, 'The qualification mark is set at 3:35 for Tokyo but the gold at Rio came in 3:50. The IAAF has made qualifications tougher. Nevertheless, for several years I have been doing things which were not done by my compatriots. I can springing surprises'
Manjit Singh was behind two-three runners at the final bend but ran past Jinson and others in the final stretch to win the gold. Manjit ran a personal best of 1:46.15 while Jinson clocked 1:46.35.
Jinson Johnson breaks Sriram Singh's 42-year-old 800m national record, books ticket for 2018 Asian Games
Jinson Johnson ran one of the most memorable races in recent times as he smashed legendary Sriram Singh's 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics 2016: Vikas Gowda, Jinson Johnson, Manpreet Kaur fail to qualify in track and field events
It was a disappointing start for India in the track and field events of the Rio Games as all three athletes, including discus thrower Vikas Gowda, fell by the wayside at the qualification stage itself, in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Kerala's Jinson Johnson has been pushing the boundaries on the 800m. He has been running the 800m in 1:45 and that too in rain. Sriram Singh's 40-year-old record might finally fall in Rio
Kerala's Jinson Johnson ran the third fastest 800m race by an Indian to win the gold but missed the Rio Olympics qualification standard narrowly.