Lalu Muhammad Zohri of Indonesia celebrates his victory. © REUTERS/Lehtikuva/Kalle ParkkinenSports News
Date : 21 May 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia, May 21, 2019: The pride of Indonesian sprinting, Lalu Muhammad Zohri, will take his place on the Olympic Games stage in Tokyo next year, reports the Jakarta Post.
Zohri, who will turn 19 in July, clocked his personal best in the men’s 100m of 10.03 seconds in the 2019 Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Osaka, Japan, on Sunday to secure a coveted Olympic ticket.
The IAAF World U20 100m champion from Lombok beat the Olympic qualifying time by two hundredths of a second in claiming the bronze medal behind world champion Justin Gatlin and Japan’s Asian champion Yoshihide Kiryu.
Zohri has demonstrated his fiery determination to improve. He shaved 0.1 seconds off his own record within a month after clocking 10.13 seconds to win the silver medal at the Asian Athletics Championships behind Kiryu in Doha on April 22.
Zohri’s performance in Doha shattered both the national and Southeast Asian record of 10.17 seconds held by Suryo Agung Prabowo for 10 years.
Given his achievements at a young age, Zohri fully deserves a shot not only at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but more exposure in international races, as well as continental events like the Asian Games in which he won a silver medal in the men’s 4x100m relay in Jakarta last August.
For the sake of his future, Zohri does not need to bear a huge burden when making his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
It does not matter if Zohri fails to win a medal in Tokyo as he is not supposed to be in his golden period next year. His showing in Tokyo, however, will provide him a platform to shine all the way through to Paris 2024.
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