Joseph 4th in drama-filled men's 800m final

Incheon, Oct 1 (IANS): India's Sajeesh Joseph finished fourth after three athletes were disqualified in a drama-filled men's 800 metres final at the 17th Asian Games here Wednesday.

The 27-year old Indian, running in Lane 7, got off to a poor start and trailed throughout the race, to finish the race in one minute and 49.59 seconds at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, well below his personal best of 1:46.81.

He originally finished seventh among eight runners with one failing to finish. But Joseph jumped to fourth after three runners were disqualified for false starts.

Iraq's Adnan Taes Agar Almntfage won gold - after results were made official - with his season's best time of 1:47.48.

China's Haining Teng won silver with a time of 1:47.81 while Qatar's Jamal Hairane clinched bronze, registering his season's best time of 1:48.25.

Saudi Arabi's Ladan Abdulaziz Mohammed, who originally finished first in 1:46.28 was disqualified. The other two to get disqualified were Bahrain's Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich and Qatar's Musaab Abdelrahman Bala.



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