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 19)
North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 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 and the only Asian male to win any medal in at the IAAF World U20 Championships by winning a gold medal in the 100m.[4][5] He is the current holder of the Indonesian 100m and 200m national records,[6] and is labelled the "fastest man in Southeast Asia".[7][8]


Zohri was born and raised in West Pemenang village of the Pemenang subdistrict in North Lombok Regency,[9] on the eastern island of Lombok, in a house made of wood and woven bamboo.[10] He is the youngest of four children. His mother died when he was in elementary school, and his father died when he was 17.[11] 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.[12] He won the 100 m at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Japan in a time of 10.27 seconds.[5]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15] He and his fellow athletes won a silver medal in the 4 × 100 m relay, Zohri was the second runner.[16]

Following the Asian Games, Zohri participated in the inaugural event of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix, timing 10.20 seconds in the 100m race and winning gold.[17] In the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships, Zohri recorded 10.13 seconds in 100m, placing second behind Japanese Yoshihide Kiryū. During the competition's semifinals, Zohri recorded 10.15 seconds, which was a new national record until the finals less than 150 minutes later.[6] On May 2019, Zohri further improved his record to 10.03 seconds as he won a bronze medal in the 2019 Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Osaka, breaking Southeast Asian records and securing a spot in the qualifications for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[18][19]

He further broke the 200m national record in August 2019, when he finished at 20.18 seconds during the 200m finals of the 2019 Indonesian National Athletics Championship in Bogor, West Java.[3]


Major 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
2019 Asian Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 100 m 10.13
World Championships Doha, Qatar 35th (h) 100 m 10.36


  1. ^ a b "Athletes - Lalu Muhammad Zohri". Asian Games 2018 Jakarta Palembang. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "IAAF: Lalu Muhammad ZOHRI - Profile". Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Zohri kembali pertajam rekor nasional junior 200 meter". Antara News (in Indonesian). 4 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ Auliani, Palupi Annisa (12 July 2018). "Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Debutan Pelari Pengganti yang Jadi Juara Dunia U-20". Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b Lamb, Kate (13 July 2018). "Indonesian sprinter who could barely afford shoes wins 100m gold". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Samba sizzles 47.51 in Doha - Asian Championships, day 2". IAAF. 22 April 2019. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Lalu Zohri: Fastest Man in Southeast Asia". Jakarta Globe. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Indonesian Sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri Broke The Fastest Record in Southeast Asia". LongLiveIndonesia. 23 April 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  9. ^ Anugrahadi, Ady (13 July 2018). "Desa Lalu Muhammad Zohri pun Kebagian Hadiah, Apa Itu?". (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  10. ^ 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). Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Profil Lalu Muhammad Zohri". VIVA (in Indonesian). 16 July 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  12. ^ Yuda, Kautsar Restu (18 July 2018). "Lalu Muhamad Zohri Bantah Cerita Keliru soal Uang Rp400 Ribu dan Sepatu dari Sang Kakak". (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  13. ^ Damiana, Jessica (30 July 2018). "World junior champion Zohri becomes face of Indonesia's Games". Reuters. Archived from the original on 23 August 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  14. ^ Dennehy, Cathal (13 July 2018). "IAAF: Zohri's golden run puts Indonesia on the athletics map". Archived from the original on 15 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  15. ^ Widianto, Rifqi Ardita (26 August 2018). "Lalu Muhammad Zohri Belum Mampu Rebut Medali Lari 100 Meter". detiksport (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 26 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  16. ^ Diah, Femi (30 August 2018). "Lalu M Zohri dkk Raih Perak dari Lari Estafet 4x100 M Asian Games". detiksport (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Zohri wins gold at 1st Malaysia Open Grand Prix". The Jakarta Post. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Norman, Wang and Lalova break meeting records in Osaka". 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  19. ^ Saputra, Ramadhani (19 May 2019). "Zohri records personal best, qualifies for Tokyo Olympics". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 19 May 2019.

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