I can qualify for the Tokyo Olympics: Jinson Johnson

BENGALURU: Asian Games Champion Jinson Johnson , India's First Medium Distance Runner, Says He Is Very Able To Qualify For 1500 Meters Event At The Olympic Games In Tokyo .

" The Qualifier Is 3:35 For Tokyo, But The Gold In Rio Came In 3:50 IAAF Has Made Qualifications Tougher. Nevertheless, For Several Years I Have Been Doing Things Which Were Not Done By My Compatriots. I Can Spring Surprises," He Said.

The Ace Runner Was In The City For Unveiling Or 12th Edition Or 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 40-45 Participants To Make The Event Highly Competitive 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 The 1500m Event.

" These Are Ups And Downs Of The Sports. I Always Performed Well In International Competitions. Though I Didn't Get Any Medal In 2018 Commonwealth Games, I Got The National Record In 1500m," He Said.

Johnson Had Finished Fifth At 2018 With A Timing Of 3: 37.86 And Broke Bahadur Prasad's 23-year-old Mark.

Two Months Later, Hey 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.