JAKARTA, July 12 (JDN.id) – Indonesia’s 18-year-old Lalu Muhammad Zohri won first place at the 2018 IAAF World Championship in Tempere, Finland on Wednesday.
Zohri took part in men’s 100 meter sprint for under 20 years old.
The victory came as a surprise as this is the first for Indonesia to win a medal at the championship, a tweet from the association went viral on Thursday.
What a historical moment!
— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 11, 2018
Zohri, who finished in 10.18, or speed 1.2 meter per second, defeated the US duo Anthony Schwartz and Eric Harrison who finished in 10.22 and 10.22 respectively.
“In the 32-year-history of the IAAF World U20 Championships, the best performance by an Indonesian athlete was an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter heats at the inaugural edition in 1986, but that all changed here tonight,” IAAF said.
Zohri marked a new history in the world’s athletic arena as Indonesia is getting ready to host 18th Asian Games next month.
At the finals, the two US’ sprinters were expected to win the race, however the history has its owned destiny for Zohri.
Zohri won Asian U20 championship early this year which brought him to the larger scope competition.
The sprinter’s next performance will be with Indonesia’s delegation in Asian Games in August.
“Now, I will prepare for the Asian Games next month. I’m so proud – this was an amazing experience and this is great for my career,” said the athlete, as cited from the IAAF’s website.