Indonesian sprinters took the silver medal in the men’s 4×100-m relay at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, which was packed with supporters, on Thursday, after waiting for 52 years.
The quartet of Fadlin, Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Eko Rimbawan and Bayu Kertanegara also sharpened the national record in 38.77 seconds. In the semifinals, the quartet had set a new national record of 39.03, 0.02 seconds, breaking the previous record of 39.05 set at the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur.
The last time Indonesia won a medal in the men’s 4x100m was in 1966 when Soepardi, Agus Sugiri, Bambang Wahjudi and Jootje Pesak Oroh clocked 41.0 seconds to take the silver.
Japan won the gold medal with 38.16 seconds while defending champion China took the bronze after clocking in at 38.89.
Indonesian Track and Field Association (PASI) secretary-general Tigor Tanjung said the association had hoped Zohri and teammates would win a medal at the Games.
“This is the best men’s 4×100 meter competition we’ve ever had. This is also the team that can get under 39 seconds,” he told a press conference.
Coach Nuraeni Martodihardjo said good teamwork gave way for a solid performance.
“I just hoped they could run under 39 seconds and win a medal tonight. Alhamdulilah [Thank God] they were able to win a silver,” she said.
Indonesia has collected two silver medals and a bronze in track and field. Earlier, Emilia Nova earned a silver in the women’s 100-m hurdles, while Sapwaturahman took the bronze in the men’s long jump.