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Asian Games Athletics: Double podium finish in men's 1500m

India won three medals across categories in 1500m event as Ajay Kumar Saroj and Jinson Johnson won silver and bronze respectively.

Asian Games Athletics: Double podium finish in mens 1500m
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Jinson Johnson and Ajay Kumar Saroj embrace each other after a thrilling podium finish.

By

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 2 Oct 2023 3:10 AM GMT

India finished on the podium in the 1500m event across the categories as Harmilan Bains won silver in the women's category while Ajay Kumar Saroj and Jinson Johnson finished on the podium in the men's category at the Asian Games 2023 on Sunday.

In men's 1500m, Ajay Kumar Saroj picked up his first Asian Games medal as he won silver with a timing of 3:38.94. He was very close to his personal best of 3:38.24.

Saroj won two Asian Athletics Championships 1500m titles in 2017 (Bhubaneshwar) and 2022 (Bangkok) and silver at the 2019 edition in Doha.

Defending champion in the event and national record holder, Jinson Johnson finished on the podium with a bronze medal with a timing of 3:39.74. Jinson looked visibly tired in the last lap but sneaked in at the last moment ahead of the Qatari runner Abdirehman to win the bronze.

Jinson won the gold at the 2018 Asian Games with a timing of 3:44.72.

In women's 1500m, Harmilan Bains won the silver medal while Deeksha disappointed with a poor finish.

Going as one of the medal prospects in the 1500m, Harmilan Bains clocked 4:12.74s and finished second behind Winfred Mutile of Bahrain who clocked 4:11.65.

Deeksha finished in ninth place with a disappointing timing of 4:22.74 which is way behind her personal best of 4:06.07s.

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