A largely unknown Manjit Singh made headlines on Tuesday as he clinched gold in men’s 800m at the Asian Games 2018. Manjit also led a rare one-two for India as his fancied teammate Jinson Johnson bagged silver.It was India’s only second one-two at the Asian Games as Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh had won a gold and a silver at the inaugural edition in New Delhi in 1951.Manjit’s gold was also the first after Charles Borromeo’s feat in the 1982 Asian Games.Manjit was far from being a medal contender in the 800m event but he brought home the third track and field gold for India after shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s heroics.Asian Games 2018 men’s 800m: Manjit Singh wins gold, Jinson Johnson gets silverHowever, it wasn’t just the tag of underdog that threatened his chances of winning a medal in the event but also the journey he was forced to make to the Games.The Asiad gold was Manjit’s first international medal. He also ran for India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and finished last. His last national title came in 2013 and that helped him to earn a stipend with ONGC. The organisation in 2016 decided against extending Manjit’s contract as his career stalled, according to ESPN India.WHAT A RUN! WHAT A BRILLIANT RUN!Manjit Singh had to come from the 4th position to win GOLD Medal in last 50 meters.With a timing of 1:46:15 in 800m men’s event, he was simply sensational! Very proud! #KheloIndia #AsianGame2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/mZf6yaCnPOadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 28, 2018″On March 31, I was told my sports contract with ONGC would not be renewed,” Manjit told ESPN India. “They told me I wasn’t having any performance of value and that I was too old to improve. No one believed in me then. Very frankly I was depressed.”Asian Games 2018: Manjit Singh proud to win gold for IndiaDetermined to bounce back, Manjit then approached army chief coach Amrish Kumar, who decided to take Manjit under his tutelage.”He was desperate. He said ‘Sir, I don’t have a place to go. Please help me out.’ I had seen him as a junior and I knew he had the talent. Of course he was running very poorly then. Only about 1:52:00,” Kumar said.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSManjit then trained with Kumar at the national camp at Ooty, while his father, who is a dairy farmer, bore the expenses for his out-of-job son.The success didn’t follow immediately as he failed to qualify for Asian Championships 2017 and 2018 Commonwealth Games 2018. Manjit then qualified for Asian Games after finishing second at Inter State Athletics Championships in Guwahati.What a sensational run from #ManjitSingh & #JinsonJohnson to win a Gold and Silver Medal respectively for India at the #AsianGames2018 800m mens finals. Well done! pic.twitter.com/DkZ0WhckpqSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 28, 2018He narrowly qualified for the finals at the Games in Indonesia as the 8th fastest in the heats. But final was for which Manjit waited this long. With 50m to go and three athletes ahead of him, Manjit displayed some unimagined burst off pace. In the process, Manjit also bettered his personal best by 9 seconds as he clocked 1:46:15 to clinch the yellow metal.It was dream come true for Mannjit but he’s not ready to rest on his laurels, just now. His next target is the Olympics gold.”Expected to win a gold. My preparations were good so expected to beat not just Jinson but others too. We are good friends, Jinson is a good athlete. It’s a gift for me and more importantly it’s for my country. I want to win gold in Olympics as well,” Manjit said.