I can qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Jinson Johnson

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 23:47 IST Jinson Johnson has a personal best time of 3:37.86 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJinson Johnson is confident of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsJohnson has been struggling with calf injuries in the recent pastJohnson said that he can beat the Olympic qualification mark of 3:35Asian Games champion Jinson Johnson, India’s premier middle-distance runner, says he is very much capable of qualifying for the 1500 metres event at the Tokyo Olympics.”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,” he told PTI in an interview in Bengaluru.The ace runner was in the city for unveiling of 12th edition of TCS World 10K ‘Finisher’s Tee’.Johnson’s personal best time is 3:37.86, which he set at Gold Coast CWG, last year.Johnson said he understands the requirements of IAAF to have only 40-45 participants to make the event highly competitive and that’s why the qualification parameters for the World Championships and the Olympics are tough.The Kerala athlete managed to qualify for the Asian Championships in 1500m despite a niggling calf injury and a below-par show at Federation Cup, which was his first competition this season.Johnson had to pull out of Doha Asian Athletics Championships due to calf injury while competing in the 800m there, which forced him to stay away from 1500m event.”These are ups and downs of the sports. I have always performed well in international competitions. Though I did not get any medal in 2018 Commonwealth Games, I got the national record in 1500m,” he said.Johnson had finished fifth at 2018 CWG with a timing of 3:37.86 to break past Bahadur Prasad’s 23-year-old mark.advertisementTwo months later, he broke Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old record in 800m.The IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from Sree Kanteerava Stadium on May 19.Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist GomathiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jinson JohnsonFollow 2020 Tokyo Olympics Next I can qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Jinson JohnsonJinson Johnson feels he can qualify for the 1500 metres event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, despite his recent injury concerns.advertisementlast_img

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