Malaysia’ ’ s pride
FOUR of ou ur Paralympians made history at the 2016 Rio Paralympics when they won 3 gold medals and 1 bronze at Rio, achieving what Malaysians have been hoping from our able- bodied athletes at the recent Rio Olympics. It has been a glorious journey for athletes Muhd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi, Abdul Latif Romly, Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli and Siti Noor Radiah, and we thank them for inspiring us with their grit and tenacity.
Muhammad Ridzuan Mohd Puzi
Muhammad Ridzuan Mohd Puzi who has cerebral palsy found his confidence in sports and trained hard with the support of his family and coach. The 29- year- old from Perlis made history by being the first Malaysian to win a gold medal at the Paralympics in the T36 100m race in Rio. — Xinhua
Abdul Latif Romly
Abdul Latif Romly delivered Malaysia’s third gold medal by breaking the world record thrice in the men’s T20 long jump. At 19, the flag bearer is the youngest in the Malaysian contingent. He was always active in sports and had won countless medals. But of course the Paralympics gold medal topsp it all. Reuters —
Siti Radiah became the first Malaysian female Paralympian to win an athletics medal when she leapt to a surprise bronze medal in the women’s T20 ( intellectual disability) long jump final at Rio. She leapt 5.20m on her third attempt to clinch the medal, which also improved on her own Asian record of 5.10m set at the Asian Games two years ago.
MuhdM Ziyad Zolkefli
Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli, 26, who won the gold medal and broke the world record inn F20 Shot Putt, wanted most to learn how to be strong and have will power.p It was hard for the 26- year- old Kelantanese who has an intellectual disability to leave his family to pursue his athletics career but he persevered and made good his promise of bringing back a medal from Rio. — Reuters