Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: The final results and medal tally for Malaysia
[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]
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 Mohamad Puzi finished in fourth place with a personal best time of 11.85s]
Men’s long jump T13 Final: Saturday, 4 September, 6.00pm [Update: Abdul Latif Romly won the gold medal with his furthest jump of 7.45m]
Badminton is one of two new sports to enter the Paralympics, giving Malaysians hope for medals from our two para badminton players. World number two Cheah Liek Hou is one of the hot favourites to bring home a gold from the men’s single SU5 event, having won six consecutive world titles. Former world Para badminton champion Didin Taresoh is the other shuttler who has qualified for the SU6 event at 46 years old.
Yoyogi National Stadium
Men's singles SU5: Wednesday, 1 September, 7pm [Update: Cheah Liek Hou won his match against Egypt's Eldakrory Ahmed Magdy Amin 21-3, 21-2]
Men's singles SU5: Thursday, 2 September, 3.00pm [Update: Cheah Liek Hou won his match against Taipei's Fang Jen Yu 21-13, 21-9]
Men's singles SH6: Thursday, 2 September, 12pm and 4.20pm [Update: Didie Taresoh lost to India's Nagar Krishna 20-22, 10-21]
Men's singles SU5: Friday, 3 September, 12pm [Update: Cheah Liek Hou won his match against Japan's Imai Tayo 21-19, 21-12 to qualify for the semifinals]
Men's singles SU5 semifinal: Saturday, 4 September, 9.30am [Update: Cheah Liek Hou won his match against Taipei's Fang Jen Yu 15-21, 21-10, 21-16]
Men's singles SU5 final: Saturday, 4 September, 3pm [Update: Cheah Liek Hou won his match against Indonesia's Dheva Anrimusthi to claim the gold medal]
Chew Wei Lun has qualified for the mixed individual BC1 boccia event, after bagging bronze at the 6th Fazza Boccia 2019 Championships in Dubai.
Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Mixed individual BC1 Preliminaries: Saturday, 28 August, 4.10pm [Update: Chew Wei Lun won 0-1, 2-0, 1-1, 2-0 against Brazil's Andrea Vitoria de Oliveira]
Mixed individual BC1 Preliminaries: Sunday, 29 August, 9.40am and 4.10pm [Update: Chew Wei Lun won both matches against Thailand and South Korea to take first place in Group B, with one more match in the prelimaries]
Mixed individual BC1 Preliminaries: Monday, 30 August, 4.10pm [Update: Chew Wei Lun won 4-0, 1-0, 3-0, 3-0 against Czech Republics Katerina Curinova. He will proceed to the quarterfinal]
Mixed Individual BC1 Quarterfinal: Tuesday, 31 August, 3.00pm [Update: Chew Wei Lun won 0-1, 3-0, 0-1, 1-0 against China's Qi Zhang
Mixed Individual BC1 Semifinal: Tuesday, 31 August, 3.50pm [Update: Chew Wei Lun won 4-0 0-4 4-0 1-1 against Portugal's Andre Ramos]
Mixed Individual BC1 Final: Wednesday, 1 September, 3.50pm [Update: Chew Wei Lun bags the silver medal after losing against Britain's David Smith 2-0, 0-1,0-1, 0-2]
Five Malaysian para athletes have qualified for cycling, with each participating in at least two events. Mohamad Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin has qualified for the 3km individual pursuit (Track), mixed team sprint (Track), individual time trial (Road), and road race (Road). Both Muhammad Hafiz Jamali and Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi will join Yusof in the mixed team sprint (Track), while also qualifying for the 1km time trial (Track).
As for the women’s events, both Nur Azila Syafinaz Mohd Zais and Nurul Suhada Zainal will take part in the individual time trial (Road) and road race (Road).
Road Race: Fuji International Speedway
Track Race: Izu Velodrome
When (chronological order)
Men’s 3000m Individual Pursuit C1 (Track): Thursday, 26 August, 9.30am [Update: Mohamad Yusof Hafizi finished in 7th place out of 10, with a personal best time of 4:02.959)
Women’s B 1000m time trial (Track): Thursday, 26 August, 9.00am [Update: Nur Azlia Syafinaz and Nurul Suhada finished in 9th place with a time of 1:15.005.)
Men's 1000m time trial (C4-5) final: Thursday, 26 August, 1.00pm [Update: Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi finished in 10th place while Hafiz Jamali finished in 19th place out of 21 participants)
Mixed 750m team sprint C1-5 (Track): Saturday, 28 August, 9.32am (qualifying round) [Update: Malaysia finished in 5th place with a personal best time of 51.566]
Men’s individual time trial C1 (Road): Tuesday, 31 August, 7.41am [Update: Mohamad Yusof Hafizi finished in 5th place out of 11]
Men's individual time trial C5 (Road): Tuesday, 31 August, 12.47pm [Update: Muhammad Hafiz Jamali finished in 12th place while Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi did not finish the race]
Women’s time trial B (Road): Tuesday, 31 August, 1.43pm [Update: Malaysia did not finish the race]
Men’s road race C1-3 (Road): Thursday, 2 September, 08.48am [Update: Mohamad Yusof Hafizi finished in 33rd place out of 39]
Sarawakian powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, who smashed the world record in the men’s up to 72kg category en route to winning gold in the Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai last June, is one of the favourites to bring home the gold from Tokyo. Meanwhile, fellow Sarawakian Jong Yee Khie has qualified for the men’s up to 107 kg category.
Tokyo International Forum
Men’s -72kg final: Saturday, 28 August, 10.00am [Update: Bonnie Bunyau Gustin won gold, breaking the Paralympic Record with his third attempt of 225kg]
Men’s -10kg final: Monday, 30 August, 10.00am [Update: Jong Yee Khie won silver with his successful attempt at 237kg]
Three swimmers have successfully qualified for a Paralympic slot after breaking the Malaysian qualification statement (MQS). Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli will be participating in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke events. Brenda Anelia (the youngest athlete in the Malaysian delegation) has qualified for the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, while Jamery Anak Siga will take part in the 50m butterfly.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Men’s 200m freestyle S5 (Heat 1): Wednesday, 25 August [Update: Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli finished in 7th place—did not qualify to Heat 2]
Men’s 100m freestyle S5: Thursday, 26 August, 8.00am [Update: Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli finished in 3rd place during the heats and in 7th place during the finals, achieving a personal best time of 1:15.39]
Men's 50m butterfly S5: Friday, 27 August, 8.51am [Update: Jamery Siga finished in 6th place with during the heats and did not qualify for the finals]
Women’s 50m butterfly S5: Friday, 27 August, 8.59am (Heats 2) [Update: Brenda Anelia finished in 7th place in the Heats, marking her personal best and new Asian record with a time of 1:09.72]
Men's 100m breaststroke SB4 (Heat 1): Sunday, 29 August, 9.14am [Update: Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli was disqualified]
Men's 50m freestyle S5: Wednesday, 1 September, 9.31am and 6.29pm [Update: Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli finished in 3rd place in Heat 1 and 5th place in the finals, recording a personal best time of 32.82 seconds]
Women's 50m breaststroke S4 (Heat 1): Friday, 3 September, 9.07am
Chee Chao Ming managed to qualify for the men’s singles TT9 event after bagging a surprise gold at the Copa Tango table tennis competition in Buenos Aires in 2019.
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
25 August to 3 September
Men's Single Class 9 (Group C): Wednesday, 25 August, 9.40am [Update: Chee lost to Italy's Mohamad Kalem 06-11, 07-11, 04-11 in the first group match]
Men's Single Class 9 (Group C): Thursday, 26 August, 8.00am and 5.40pm [Update: Chee lost to Britain's Stacy Joshua 06-11, 08-11, 09-11 and Australia's Ma Lin 5-11, 6-11, 7-11. He did not qualify to proceed to the next stage]
Rounding off the list is Abu Samah Borhan, who will be taking part in the men’s singles wheelchair tennis event.
Ariake Tennis Park
Men’s Singles First Round: Friday, 27 August, 10.00am [Update: Abu Samah Borhan won the match against Costa Rica's Gil Jose 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Men's Singles Round 2: Saturday, 28 August, 2.00pm [Update: Abu Samah Borhan lost 0-6, 1-6 to the Netherlands' Egberink Tom and did not qualify to the next round)
All the best to our Malaysian Paralympians! #GanbatteMalaysia #DemiMalaysia
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