Jinson Johnson to train in US to qualify for the Olympics

Last Updated: Aug 24 2019 13:18
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ATHLETICS- Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson will train in the United States to improve his chances of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jinson, a middle distance runner, will have to break down his own 1,500 national record of 3:37.62 to qualify for the Olympics.

Jinson said on Friday, “I will be going to the US to train under coach Scott Simmons. At the Asian level and Indian level, my timings are okay but at the world level, I want to improve it.”

The Tokyo Olympics qualification mark for the 1,500 metres race is 3:35.00. Johnson had won the Asian Games 1500m gold in 3:44.72.

Before heading to the US, Jinson will take part in an invitational event in Germany on September 1.