Malaysia Wins Three Golds at Rio’s Paralympics


Malaysian Paralympian victors at the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics. Left: Abdul Latin Romly. Top right: Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli. Bottom right: Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi

Did you know that Malaysia is the only country in the world that awards our para and normal athletes equally? Equality, that’s the way to go!

Just four days into Rio’s Paralympics, Malaysia’s paralympians have made history at the international multi-sport event. Debuted in 1972 at Heidelberg’s Summer Paralympics, our country has won silver and bronze medals but this year, three men have changed the face of our history. Our proud para athletes have won us not one, but three gold medals and set new world records at the same time. What a day at Rio!

Winning us our first gold was Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi in the 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event on Saturday where he defeated formidable opponents from China and Brazil at 12.07 seconds.

Shortly after, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli secured yet another gold medal in the shot put F20 (intellectual disability) event. His last hurl set a new world record at a distance of 16.84 metres, shattering previous world record holder Todd Hodgetts’ 16.29 metres.

Latif set the world record at 7.60 metres for the long jump F20 event. | Image Courtesy of Twitter

Latif set the world record at 7.60 metres for the long jump F20 event. | Image Courtesy of @isnmalaysia

More good news trickled in yesterday as Abdul Latin Romly delivered our third gold in the long jump F20 event and breaking the world record three times in a row.

Congratulations once more to Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Abdul Latin Romly for pushing past your boundaries and making Malaysia proud!