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Jakarta Post

Olympic medalist in the making

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, May 21 2019   /  01:07 am

Barring no unforeseeable injuries, Lalu Muhammad Zohri will don Indonesia’s colors in the 100-meter race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, if not steal the thunder from a pool of the fastest men on the planet. Winning a medal in Tokyo is perhaps second to impossible for Zohri, but his determination to do more as evident in the last few months is a valuable asset that he needs to join the league of world-class sprinters.Zohri, who will turn 19 in July, clocked his personal best of 10.03 seconds in Osaka, Japan, on Sunday to secure the coveted Olympic ticket. He beat the Olympic qualifying time by two hundredths of a second in the 2019 Seiko Golden Grand Prix for the bronze medal. Zohri finished close behind world champion Justin Gutlin and Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan who won gold and silver respectively.The International Amateur Athletic Federation has steadily raised the bar for sp...