Malaysia’ ’ s pride

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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

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

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