Jinson beats his own 1500m national record by winning silver in Berlin, qualifies for the World Championship

BERLIN: gold medalist of the Asian Games Jinson Johnson he improved his own 1500m national record while he took a silver in the ISTAF Berlin event on Sunday.

Johnson recorded 3 minutes 35.24 seconds to finish second Joshua Thompson of the United States at the Olympic Stadium here.

The previous national record on behalf of the 28-year-old Kerala broker was 3: 37.62 which he had registered in Nijmegen in the Netherlands in June. It also holds the 800m national record (1: 45.65).

With his own national record effort, Jinson also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6. The World Championships qualifying time is 3:36.00.

"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 ," Jinson said after the event.

I'm very happy. But my ultimate goal is to do well in Tokyo 2020.

Jinson had won the gold of the 2018 Asian Games in 1500m with a time of 3: 44.72.

ISTAF Berlin is part of the IAAF World Challenge meetings, the second level of one-day world athletic events. It is the penultimate leg of IAAF World Challenge meetings this year.