Rio Paralympics 2016: Malaysia bags three golds and two world records

Rio Paralympics 2016: Malaysia bags three golds and two world records

History in the making

Text: Rachel Au

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In just a day, Malaysia has gone from never winning a gold medal in the Paralympic Games to scoring three

It's true; #MalaysiaBoleh. Since the Olympic Games 2016 ended, our spirit has yet to wane as we continued to the Rio Paralympics 2016. In the span of less than 24 hours, news about Malaysia winning two gold medals were quickly replaced with a grand total of three. 


Kicking off the gold medal streak was Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi in the 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event where he dashed across the finish line in 12.07 seconds. This erases the earlier record of 12.25 seconds set by Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Mohamad Ridzuan Puzi

The second gold medal was won by Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli in the men's shot put F20 (intellectual disability) at a new world record of 16.84 metres. The athlete previously picked up a bronze medal at the London Paralympics in 2012.  

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli

Finally, 19-year-old Abdul Latif Romly ended the day with a new world record and another gold medal for Malaysia in the men's F20 long jump final event. The Malaysian flag bearer and the youngest in the contingent actually broke the world record three times with his fifth jump soaring to a distance of 7.60m and a gold medal. 


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The Rio Paralympics 2016 will end on 18 September so till then, let's keep supporting our fellow Malaysians and congratulations to Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, and Abdul Latif Romly.


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