Sunday, September 18, 2016

Congratulations to 4 Medalist atheletes at Paralympic Rio 2016.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were held from 7-18 September 2016. Athletes from more than 160 countries competed in 528 medal events in 22 different sports. Malaysia is competing in eight sports out of the 23 with a total of 21 athletes (19 men and two women)  at the Games, led by chef de mission Dr Ang Kean Koo.

Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi

Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after his first birthday, which broke his parents’ hearts. They constantly worried about his future and whether he would be able to live independently.
Mohamad Ridzuan made his first professional appearance at the ASEAN Paralympic Games in 2011 and five years later, he is now a world champion as well as a Paralympic gold medalist. 
On Saturday - 10 September 2016, Mohamad Ridzuan delivered the historic feat in the men’s 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event. He clocked 12.07 seconds to rewrite the previous Paralympic record of 12.25s set by Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine in Beijing in 2008.
Mohamad Ridzuan won the first gold medal for Malaysia in the men's 100m T36 (cerebral palsy category) dash. He clocked 12.07 seconds to erase the old Paralympics record of 12.25s set by Roman Pavlyk from Ukraine at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli

He is the eldest of four siblings. His father, Zolkefli Othman, was a night market trader while his mother, Siti Arfah Abdul Rashid, was a nurse. He is a natural athlete who excels in many sports despite his intellectual disability. At the age of 16, he attended SM Teknik Tanah Merah in Kelantan. Ziyad does not like to trouble people, he is very independent and is a very good cook. After the SPM examinations, Ziyad opened a stall near Jalan Chow Kit selling char kuay teow before he joined the National Sports Council. Ziyad is always surrounded by people who love him, his sporting talent was spotted and assisted by a Chinese teacher in Kelantan. His teacher still follows his development until today.
The second gold was delivered by Muhammad Ziyad with a new world record in the men's shot put F20 (learning disability) event. He hurled the iron ball 16.84m in his fifth attempt to double the country’s gold medal haul, erasing the old world record of 16.29m set by Todd Hodgetts of Australia at the London Paralympics in 2012.

Abdul Latif Romly

Abdul Latif Romly, 19 years old who has been diagnosed with learning disability since childhood from Kampung Paya Kelubi, Bukit Keteri, Arau, Perlis. His tireless effort and the strong determination has led to Malaysia clinching its third gold in the 2016 Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Abdul Latif Romly had made Malaysians proud for the third time, after proving himself the world’s best by scoring gold in Rio Paralympic’s athletics men’s long jump event on Sunday, 12 September 2016. He beat 11 other contestants with a jump of 7.60m in the men’s long jump T20 (learning disability) event en route to the gold in Rio 2016. 
He set a new world record, erasing the old mark of 7.35m which he himself set at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar last year. Abdul Latif broke the world record three times on his way to Gold.    

Siti Noor Radiah Ismail

Siti Noor Radiah Ismail was the fourth Malaysian medalist in Rio after sprinter Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, shot putter Ziyad Zolkefli and fellow long jumper Abdul Latif Romly, who all won gold in their respective events last week. She presented the Malaysian contingent with a bronze medal via the T20 women's long jump at the Rio Paralympic Games 2016. She recorded a jump of 5.20 metres in her third attempt to simultaneously break her Asia Para Games record of 5.10 metres in Incheon, South Korea in 2014.
Siti Noor Radiah Ismail who is from Segamat, Johor also made her way into the national history of sports as the first Malaysian female Paralympics medal winner in athletics. She stands to get RM100,000 and also a monthly allowance of RM2,000 for life for her efforts under the National Sports Council incentive scheme.

Abdul Latif  and Muhd Ziyad will get an extra RM20,000 as bonus for
breaking world records in their events at the Rio Paralympics 2016.

With the three gold and one bronze, Malaysia are now in 35th place in the medal tally among 170 countries taking part in the Games. Congratulations to Ridzuan, Ziyad and Abdul Latif for bringing glory to Malaysia, bringing home three Gold medals at the Rio Paralympics 2016 in the span of less than 24 hours. Congratulation to Siti Noor Radiah who Wins Bronze Medal In Long Jump.They were the pride of the nation in the Rio Paralympics 2016 and stood tall in the eyes of the world.

At the 2012 Paralympics in London, the Malaysian Paralympics contingent came home winning a silver and a bronze medal through archer Hasihin Sanawi from the men's Recurve beside Muhammad Ziyad's silver.

Malaysia rewards Olympic and Paralympic athletes with RM1 million for a gold medal, RM500,000 for a silver and RM100,000 for a bronze.
In addition, they also receive a lifetime monthly pension of RM5,000 for a gold medal, RM3,000 for the silver, and RM2,000 for the bronze.


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