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Oasis in a Drought of Achievements

Amid Indonesia’s drought of athletics achievements, the success of 18-year-old sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri is an oasis of national pride. The athlete from West Nusa Tenggara, made history as the first Indonesian sprinter to win gold at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland.

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Indonesian sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri expresses his joy after winning the gold medal on Wednesday (11/7/2018) in the men’s 100-meter final at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS – Amid Indonesia’s drought of athletics achievements, the success of 18-year-old sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri is an oasis of national pride. The athlete from Karang Pansor in West Pemenang, North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, made history on early Thursday (12/7/2018, Jakarta time) as the first Indonesian sprinter to win gold in the men’s 100 meters at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Athletics in Tampere, Finland.

Starting in Lane 8 in the final at Tampere’s Ratina Stadium, Lalu competed with seven junior world champions, including two American sprinters. He finished first with 10.18 seconds, only 0.01 second behind the national record of 10.17 seconds that Suryo Agung Wibowo made at the 2009 SEA Games.

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