The Jakarta Post
Sprinter Lalu Muhamad Zohri won a silver medal in the men’s 100 meter event at the Asian Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar, on Monday.
The 18-year-old, who clocked in at 10.13 seconds in the final round, also broke the Indonesian and Southeast Asian records in the category that was previously held by former national sprinter Suryo Agung Wibowo.
Suryo recorded a best time of 10.17 seconds during the Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane, Laos, in 2009.
Zohri broke the record during the semifinal round in Doha when he clocked in at 10.15 seconds, finishing second behind Japanese sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu. His clock-in time was enough to send the Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara native to the final round.
The Indonesian gave another stellar performance in the final by clocking in at 10.13 seconds, trailing behind Kiryu, who finished first at 10.10 seconds.
The bronze model was awarded to Chinese sprinter Wu Zhiqiang, who finished the race at 10.18 seconds.
After the race, Zohri said he was proud of his achievements, thanking the Indonesian Athletics Federation (PASI) and the country’s citizens for their support.
“There was a point [during the final race] that I actually lost concentration as I kept thinking about my opponents,” he said in a statement.
Zohri had been preparing for the championship while also studying for the national exam in April.
His coach, Eni Nuraeni Sumartoyo, decided on Monday to pull the sprinter out of the men’s 4x100 m event on account of his busy schedule.