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Lalu Muhammad Zohri is still top of South East Asia
31 July 2021
Indonesia’s Lalu Zohri has finished 5th in Heat 4 in the Tokyo Olympics. Even though he did not qualify and needed 10.12 or 3rd place in the heat to make it to the next round. The 2018 World Junior Champion was in the 4th heat won by South African Gift Leotola in 10.05, dead heating with Asian Record Holder Su Bingtian 10.05, with Jason Rodgers (St Kitts) in 10.21 being the slowest qualifying to the semis, Yuki Koike of Japan was 4th in 10.22.
This improves Zohri’s performance of 10.34 in the heats of the Ready Steady Go Meet in Tokyo on May 9. Although Zohri failed to break his 10.03 National Record. He is still well clear as South East Asia’s fastest man. Zohri is yet to debut at the South East Asian Games. As he did not join the last SEA Games in 2019 won by Malaysia Haiqal Hanafi in 10.36.
Lalu Zohri clocks 20.81
Lalu Zohri continued to lower his 200 PB with a win at the Indonesian nationals of 20.81. The mark again broke the Indonesian Junior record he set a few days ago of 21.12. Zohri time closed in on the 200m National Record of former Multiple SEA Games Gold Medalist Surya Agung Wibowo (20.76, 2007). He already improved on several occasions the former 100m record of Agung Wibowo (10.17). Zohri ran the 200m in the Junior age category as he was born in 2000. On his Coach’s instructions as a tune-up for the World Champs where he will run the 100m next month. And won the senior 200m in 21.26.
It is anticipated Zohri, who now ranks #3 in 2019 behind Punpa (20.76, Thailand) and Taib (20.77, Malaysia), will try and do the 100, 200 double at the SEA Games.
Zohri Cruises 21.12
Aug 3, 2019
Lalu Zohri clocks 10.03 new SEA Record in Osaka (24.05.19)
Zohri of Indonesia clocked an impressive 10.03 to improve his Southeast Asian record of 10.13 set at the Asian Games.
At the IAAF World Challenge leg, Seiko Golden Grand Prix leg 100m in Osaka, Japan.
He finished behind World Champion Justin Gatlin, 37 (USA), who won at 10.00 and won this event last year. Asian Champion Yoshihide Kiryu (Japan), who beat Zohri at the Asian Championships in Doha last month, barely held on with 10.01. It was a blanket finish with the rising Zohri nearly closing down Gatlin and Kiryu. Zohri, the 2018 World Junior Champion, was born in 2000, so he is still a junior athlete.
The middle of the track saw the Big American Gatlin running a neck-to-neck battle with Kiryu just holding on. With the fast-finishing Zohri storming down the track in Lane 9 to take third.
Zohri, who clocked 10.18 to win world Juniors, broke country man’s Agung Wibowo SEA Record (10.17) with 10.15 at Asian Champs semifinals, improving this to 10.13 in the Finals to gain the silver. And now he shaved off another .1 seconds.
The question is will Zohri double at SEA Games. In the 100 Meters, his time of 10.03 is a commanding .31 or 2 meters in front of his nearest SEA Rival Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand in the 2019 SEA Rankings. Possibly with 10.0, 20.5 to win the SEA Games would be more of a jog for Lalu Zohri.
Zohri was just .06 seconds off the World Junior Record of Trayvon Bromell (USA) 9.97 (1.8) set in 2014 at Eugene’s NCAA Div 1 Championships. As a result, Zohri moves up to the #6= Best time ever by a junior athlete. The mark also meets the 10.05 qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which means he qualifies for world champs in Doha.
Who else wants Russel Taib vs. Lalu Zohri. I bloody well do. This weekend is hectic. It was the Singapore Open, The Jatim Open in Indonesia, and the Malaysian Grand Prix. In recent developments, the Indonesians were cited last minute with their 2020 Olympic potential athletes arriving in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Among the crew was World Junior 100m Champion Muhammad Lalu Zohri, who has a personal best of 10.18.
Still only a junior at 19. Zohri is the fastest 100m man in South East Asia, but he hasn’t run a 200 for about 3 years but did time 21.74 as a 16-year-old when he was a 10.8 guy. So the guy knows how to run a curve, but he is much faster now. So by this estimate, he can probably run around a 20.50 but might need a few races to hit that time. If anything, Zohri might be the man to challenge another young man who came on the scene last year as well.
Australian-based Russel Taib, whose recent run of 20.77 at the Queensland Classic last weekend was not only a Malaysian National Record but the fastest time in South East Asia in 10 years. With Supachai Chimdee of Thailand clocking 20.68 (Thai National record) as a junior back in 2009.
While Zohri has just been mainly focussing on the 100m, the question is, will he now step up and take what seems to be a vacant 200m title. Defending Champion Trenten Beram of the Philippines is seemingly inactive in the sport, as he has not raced since Asian Games last August.
One thing is for sure the Malaysian Grand Prix is the premier meet in South East Asia this weekend with nothing but the best of the best of what South East Asia has to offer in a large number of events. Also, possible lineups for the 200 include Khairul Jantan, the SEA Games 100 Champion (20.90 200), and Aqil (21.01).
Zohri Indonesia wins 100m World Juniors shocks world (video)
Lalu Zohri sent ripples through the athletic world to win Indonesia’s first global title at any Track and Field meet. On a breezy Wednesday afternoon, the Asian Junior Champion steamed ahead of the much favored Americans to claim the gold at the World Junior Championships.
Lalu Zohri stopped at 10.18 to claim the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland. This is the first time a Southeast Asian athlete has won the 100m at the World Juniors. A few years ago, Supanara of Thailand had won the Long Jump at World Juniors, then becoming Thailand’s first-ever world-level medalist.
He had won his heat in the heat the previous day with a time of 10.30. He had the fastest time. Some experts felt that the other athletes were holding back, and Zohri may not last the rounds. In the Semi-Finals, there may have been signs of faltering. In Semi-Final #1, He finished behind the fastest man Anthony Schwartz who has a PB of 10.09. Schwartz clocked 10.19 and Zohri timed 10.24. He qualified 4th to the final. It’s an important note, though, and still matched 10.24 his Personal Best, South East Asian leading time, and National Junior Record.
If for that like hiccup or falter against a class athlete like Schwartz. He sure did get the better of the Americans and Jamaicans in the final. Zohri steamrolling a class field with the Americans gasping for air in silver and bronze in 10.22. He won from behind to run over the top of the Americans at the edge of the field in Lane 8. Zohri, who turned 18 in July, Schwartz was totally left stunned, having the world lead and undefeated in 2018 in the 100m.
Zohri clocked 21.74 as a 16-year-old. Before shifting over to the 100m. He sent waves across the athletic world when he clocked 10.25 at the Pre-Asian Games in Jakarta. Zohri was helped by Harry Mara, including training and competing against top athletes in Los Angeles. Mara, the coach of World Decathlon Record Holder Ashton Eaton (USA), has really leveled up Indonesia’s athletic program.
Zohri, surprisingly with the absence of Abdul Hakimi-Brown of Japan, won the 100m at the Asian Juniors a few weeks ago in Gifu, Japan. Thus, leading to his big win at the global level.
His mark of 10.18 is only .01 seconds off the National Record of Surya Agung Wibowo set in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos. With the fastest time in Southeast Asia in 2018, he is expected to challenge defending champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan of Malaysia, with an identical PB of 10.18 from 2016. Jan’s best for 2018 is 10.34 at the Malaysia All-Comers back in March.
This question is, will Zohri, who was a former 200m runner, step up to 200 at the SEA Games in the Philippines next year?
It will give Indonesia a much stronger 4×100 with Zohri and Dewa Mudiyasa joining Yaspi, Fallin, and Iswandi in the squad at the Asian Games next month, where Zohri will also contend in the individual 100m as well.
Zohri is expected to be hot on the mind of US Div 1 College recruiters and sponsors after this. Perhaps UCLA?
Asian Juniors: South East Asia’s Fastest Man Zohri roars to Asian Junior Title (Video)
While already the fastest man in the senior ranks for 2018 in South East Asia. Consequently, today, Mohammad Lalu Zohri crowned himself the Asian Junior Champion in the 100m Dash at the 2018 Asian Junior Championship in Gifu, Japan. And the 18-year-old Zohri is the new kid on the block of Southeast Asian, and maybe even continental-level athletics.
While none more shocked perhaps than the Japanese hosts of the bi-annual meet. Most noteworthy is that they did not field Japanese/Ghanaian sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, the 2015 World Youth Champion, who at 19 would have still been eligible for these championships. Especially relevant is that Sani Brown had a PB of 10.05 and 20.32 from l last year. At the same time, he has run a 10.46 and wind-aided 10.19 (2.1) this year. Yet, he was not entered by Japan in either the 100 or 200.
In his absence, even though he may have still triumphed over Sani Brown. Zohri clocked 10.27 to win the Asian Junior title. While just outside his 10.24 PB set in the heats of the Pre-Asian Games in Jakarta back in February. And it was also just .01 off the Meet Record of 10.26 set by Li Tao of China 32 years ago.
While Zohri clocked 10.44 into a -1.9 headwind yesterday in the heats to lead the qualifiers comfortably going into the final. Also, Daisuke Miyamoto, Japan’s #2, was out fastest and led halfway, but Zohri’s strong legs ran him down.
Hence Miyamoto settled for silver in 10.35. At the same time, Miyamoto has a PB of 10.26 and has run a windy 10.20 this year. And Muhammad Fakhri Ismail of Malaysia took bronze in 10.46, equalling his PB. Also, another southeast Asian athlete Chayut Khongprasit of Thailand, was seventh in a 10.59 PB.
While Zohri will not contest the 200m, his next stop is more than likely the World Juniors in Finland next month, where he will have a good chance at making the top 8.
Zohri runs at the Asian Juniors was the best finish in this event by an Indonesian. While Surya Agung Wibowo, who holds the Indonesian and South East Asian Record in this event, took Silver in 2002 with a time of 10.81.
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World Junior(U20) Record 9.97 Trayvon BROMELL USA 2014 Area Junior(U20) Record 10.04 Abdullah Abkar Mohamed KSA 2016 Championship Record 10.26 Li Tao CHN 1986
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