Lalu Muhammad Zohri

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Lalu Muhammad Zohri
Lalu Muhammad Zohri Tampere 2018 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Born (2000-07-01) 1 July 2000 (age 18)
North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]
SportTrack and field
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Lalu Muhammad Zohri (born 1 July 2000)[2] is an Indonesian track and field sprinter. He is the first Indonesian to win any medal in at the IAAF World U20 Championships by taking home a Gold medal in the 100 m.[3][4]


Zohri was born and raised in West Pemenang village of the Pemenang subdistrict in North Lombok Regency,[5] on the eastern island of Lombok, in a house made of wood and woven bamboo.[6] He is the youngest of four children. His mother died when he was in elementary school, and his father died when he was 17.[7] He couldn't even afford shoes, prompting him to train barefoot. He convinced his sister to lend him Rp 400,000 (21 Euros) so he could buy a pair of spikes for his meets, although this partly came from his allowance.[8] He won the 100 m at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Japan in a time of 10.27 seconds.[4]

Zohri competed for Indonesia at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in the 100 m. In the first round, he placed first with a time of 10.30 seconds. In semifinal, he placed second with a slightly better time at 10.24, behind World Youth 100m Record Holder and Gold Medal favorite Anthony Schwartz. He was drawn to lane eight in the final, which started less than three hours later. When the pistol fired, Zohri got a decent start, staying right behind Schwartz who led. He closed-in slowly at 60 metres, and in the last ten metres, he surged ahead of Schwartz to take the Gold Medal by a dip. His time of 10.18 seconds (+1.2 m/s) became an Indonesian Junior Record, just slightly different from Indonesian National Record at the time of 10.17 by Suryo Agung Wibowo at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games.[9]

Zohri was labeled as a national hero for his deeds; Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered two cabinet ministers to arrange for his house to be renovated. Zohri is part of a contingent of high performing Indonesian athletes, coached by Harry Marra, a program designed to make Indonesia a competitive player in the international athletics scene.[10]

On home soil in the 2018 Asian Games, he reached the finals but placed seventh with a time of 10.20 seconds in the 100 m.[11] He and his fellow athletes won a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay, Zohri was the second runner.[12]


International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2018 Asian Junior Championships Gifu, Japan 1st 100 m 10.27
World U20 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 100 m 10.18
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia 7th 100 m 10.20
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 38.77


  1. ^ a b "Athletes - Lalu Muhammad Zohri". Asian Games 2018 Jakarta Palembang. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "IAAF: Lalu Muhammad ZOHRI - Profile". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ Auliani, Palupi Annisa (12 July 2018). "Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Debutan Pelari Pengganti yang Jadi Juara Dunia U-20". Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lamb, Kate (13 July 2018). "Indonesian sprinter who could barely afford shoes wins 100m gold". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ Anugrahadi, Ady (13 July 2018). "Desa Lalu Muhammad Zohri pun Kebagian Hadiah, Apa Itu?". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ Munzi, Alza (13 July 2018). "Tinggal di Rumah Kayu dan Yatim Piatu, 10 Fakta Lalu Muhammad Zohri Juara Dunia Lari 100 Meter". Bangka Pos (in Indonesian). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Profil Lalu Muhammad Zohri". VIVA (in Indonesian). 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ Yuda, Kautsar Restu (18 July 2018). "Lalu Muhamad Zohri Bantah Cerita Keliru soal Uang Rp400 Ribu dan Sepatu dari Sang Kakak". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. ^ Damiana, Jessica (30 July 2018). "World junior champion Zohri becomes face of Indonesia's Games". Reuters. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  10. ^ Dennehy, Cathal (13 July 2018). "IAAF: Zohri's golden run puts Indonesia on the athletics map". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  11. ^ Widianto, Rifqi Ardita (26 August 2018). "Lalu Muhammad Zohri Belum Mampu Rebut Medali Lari 100 Meter". detiksport (in Indonesian). Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  12. ^ Diah, Femi (30 August 2018). "Lalu M Zohri dkk Raih Perak dari Lari Estafet 4x100 M Asian Games". detiksport (in Indonesian). Retrieved 30 August 2018.

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