[Note: Results updated as of Saturday, 4 September, 8pm. Malaysia’s final medal tally stands at three golds and two silvers.]
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has officially begun, taking place from August 24 to September 5, with 22 Malaysian athletes qualifying for nine sports this year. A total of 168 countries will be participating—pushing past the previous record of 164 countries in London 2012 to become the most in the history of the Games.
According to Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) president Datuk Seri Megat D Shahriman Zaharudin, who is also Chef the Mission for the Malaysian contingent, 18 of them are male athletes, and five are wheelchair athletes.
For the record, Malaysia has joined the Paralympics since 1972 and won 11 medals in total, including three gold, two silver, and six bronze so far. Our medal prospects this year are mainly from para-athletics, archery, powerlifting, badminton, cycling, and swimming.
Here are the 22 Malaysian Paralympic athletes and the events they’ll be taking part in. (Watch this space for daily updates on match results.)
How to watch
- Selected sports events will be broadcasted on ParalympicSport.TV
- Astro subscribers can head to Astro Arena (Ch801) for the latest updates, interviews, highlights, previews, and exclusive Paralympics content. Astro Arena will also broadcast selected events on its YouTube channel
Suresh Selvathamby will be competing in the men’s individual recurve, while Wiro Julin will take part in the men’s individual compound open. Kedah-born Suresh, who lost half his leg in a lorry accident when he was 13, became the world’s first champion in para archery after winning the World Archery Para Championships in the Netherlands in 2019. On the other hand, Sarawakian Wiro Julin, who has a disability in his right ankle, qualified for the Games after winning silver in his first international assignment at the 2019 Asian Para Archery Championships in Bangkok.
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field
Men’s recurve open: Friday, 27 August, 1.00pm (ranking round) [Update: Suresh finished in 28th place with a total score of 579. He will enter the elimination Round 1/16 against the Russia Paralympic Committee (RPC)]
Men’s compound open: Friday, 27 August, 1.00pm (ranking round) [Update: Wiro Julin finished in 26th place with a total score of 673. He will enter the elimination Round 1/16 against the Russia Paralympic Commitee (RPC)]
Men’s compound elimination Round 1/16: Saturday, 28 August, 12.56pm [Update: Wiro Julin lost to Russia Paralympic Committee’s Shigaev Bair 126-136 and did not qualify for the next round]
Men’s recurve individual elimination Round 1/16: Friday, 3 September, 10.15am [Update: Suresh lost to Russian Paralympic Committee’s Tsydendorzhiev Bato 2-6 and did not qualify for the next round]
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Five athletes have qualified for the Games, including four male athletes and one female. Abdul Latif Romly will be aiming for gold, after breaking the long jump T20 world record three times on the same day to win the top spot at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Sabahan Wong Kar Gee is also eyeing for gold in the T12 long jump, after leaping to second place in the 2019 World Para Athletics meet. Another strong medal contender is Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, who is currently the world record holder in his event—F20 shot put.
Moving from the field to the tracks, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi will be attempting to defend his gold medal from Rio in the T36 100m event. Meanwhile, Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin will be competing in the T20 women’s 400m event.
Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Women’s 400m – T20 Round 1 Heats: Monday, 30 August, 7.22pm [Update: Siti Noor Iasah finished in 4th place and has qualified for the finals]
Women’s 400m – T20 Final: Tuesday, 31 August, 7.38pm [Update: Siti Noor Iasah finished in 8th place]
Men’s shot put – F20 Final: Tuesday, 31 August, 6.05pm [Update: Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli broke the world record with his furthest throw of 17.94m, but the throw was later deemed void and Ziyad was given a “did not start” result for a late attendance to the call room]
Men’s 100m – T36 Round 1 Heats: Friday, 3 September, 7.33pm [Update: Mohamad Ridzuan Puzi finished in first place with a personal best time of 11.87s to qualify for the finals]
Men’s long jump – T20 Final: Saturday, 4 September, 9.02am [Update: Wong Kar Gee finished in 6th place with a furthest jump of 5.93—his personal best]
Men’s 100m T36 Final: Saturday, 4 September, 9.38am [Update: Mohamad Ridzuan M
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