Jinson Johnson breaks national record to win silver, qualifies for World Championships

Image Courtesy: Hindustan

India’s Jinson Johnson clinched a silver in the ISTAF Berlin event and in the process qualified for the World Championships.

Image Courtesy: Hindustan

The Asian Games gold medallist finished the 1500m race in 3:35:24 minutes behind United States’ Jousha Thompson at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

In the course of finishing second, Jinson bettered his previously held national record of 3:37:62 that he had achieved at Nijmegen in June.

Thus by not only bettering his own record, Jinson also managed to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Doha from 28th of this month.

Expressing his delight after the race, Jinson said that he hadn’t expected to win the silver medal. Also he went on to say that the next year’s Olympics was his ultimate dream.

“I was expecting to set new national record but did not expect to win the silver. I will now go to Colorado in USA for further training and then to Doha for World Championships.”

“I am very happy. But my ultimate aim is to do well in Tokyo 2020,” said Jinson after the event.
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