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Indonesian sprinter wins gold and hearts in Finland

JUST a few days ago, Lalu Muhammad Zohri was not a name that many Indonesians knew. Today he is perhaps the most popular athlete in the country. The 18-year-old sprinter won the men’s 100 metre final at International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Wednesday, edging out the United States’ Anthony Schwartz and Eric Harrison with a time of 10.18 seconds. It is the first time a Southeast Asian athlete has won the 100-metre dash at the international junior championships. The win also represented a new personal best for Lalu and a record U20 time for Indonesia and Southeast Asia. His time was just .01 seconds off Indonesia’s national record. A press release from the IAAF said that Lalu “proved once again that it’s always unwise to discount those further afield.” What a historical moment! Lalu Muhammad Zohri becomes the first Indonesian ever to win...

 

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