Rio has come alive once again with the 2016 Paralympic Games themed as “Everybody has a heart”. Parathletes from around the world have gathered to compete showing the world the endless possibilities and opportunities that abound. There is no them, only us. Our Malaysian athletes themselves have displayed exceptional performances, earning three historic golds! Go #teammalaysia!
Malaysia had previously won silver and bronze at the Paralympics but this year, these three men ended our Paralympic gold drought with their stellar sporting feats, winning not one but two golds in a span of a few hours and in less than 24 hours later, scored another gold! We celebrate and honour each of you! #malaysiaboleh #goforgold
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Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi
Track (100m) T36 (Celebral Palsy)
Mohamad Ridzuan clinched Malaysia’s first ever Paralympic gold in the 100m T36 (celebral palsy) event when he sprinted across the finish line in 12.07 seconds. This 29-year-old erased the earlier record of 12.25 seconds clocked by Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Mohamad Ridzuan celebrated his victorious podium finish with runner-up Yang Yifei of China (12.20 seconds) and second runner-up Rodrigo Parreira da Silva of Brazil (12.54 seconds).
Anyone who witnessed Mohamad Ridzuan sing the national anthem on the podium would have had lumps in their throats and tears welling up in their eyes seeing this high-spirited lad patriotically sing ‘Negaraku’. So much loyalty and pride in action. Our heartiest congratulations to you, superb sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan! We’re extremely proud of you!
Follow Mohamad Ridzuan on Instagram: @pridzuan
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Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli
Men’s shot put F20 (Intellectual Disability)
When Muhammad Ziyad hurled his shot with a distance of 16.84m, he created a new world record. Power shot, Ziyad! His persistence paid off with a celebratory finish when he bagged the coveted gold medal with his fifth and final throw. 26-year-old Muhammad Ziyad dethroned the previous world record holder, Todd Hodgetts (Australia) who had set a record of 16.29m at the 2012 London Paralympics. Way to go, Muhammad Ziyad and a huge congratulations on your record-breaking shot! What a smashing success!
Tears of joy were seen streaming down Muhammad Ziyad’s face as he sang the national anthem with the Malaysia flag being hoisted. He proudly placed his hands to his heart, standing alongside silver medalist, Dimitrios Senikidis (Greece) and bronze winner, Hodgetts with a throw of 16.17m and 15.82m, respectively.
Follow Muhammad Ziyad on Instagram: @ziyadzolkefli
Abdul Latif Romly
Men’s Long Jump T20 (Intellectual Disability)
The 19-year-old long jump parathlete from the smallest state in Malaysia, Perlis perpetuated Malaysia’s gold winning streak when he won Malaysia’s third gold in the T20 Long Jump (Intellectual Disability) category, setting a new world record with a 7.60m jump. Croatian Zoran Talic and Ukraine’s Dmytro Prudnikov finished a distant second and third achieving a jump of 7.12m and 6.99m, respectively.
The Malaysian flag bearer and youngest in the contingent actually broke the world record three times in his five jumps. Congratulations, Latif! Very well done on your leap to success! You’re a legend. You make Malaysia enormously proud. #TerbangLatifTerbang
Follow Abdul Latif Romly on Instagram: @latifromly
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Siti Noor Radiah Ismail
Women’s Long Jump T20 (Intellectual Disability)
This cheerful athlete made history as the first Malaysian female Paralympic medal winner. You go girl! 22-year-old Siti Noor Radiah Ismail won the bronze medal in the women's T20 Long Jump (Intellectual Disability) with a leap of 5.20m. She broke her own record of 5.10m in the 2014 Asia Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. You're a star, Siti!
Meanwhile, Mikela Ristoki of Crotia leaped a distance of 5.79m while world record (6.09m) and Paralympics record (6.00m) holder from Poland, Karolina Kucharczyk had to be content as the silver medallist with a jump of 5.55m. A fellow Malaysian athlete, Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin finished in fourth place with a leap of 4.91m.
On behalf of our fellow Malaysians, we at PurelyB applaud your outstanding achievements, enthusiasm and persevering spirits! You teach us so much and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your blood, sweat and tears in making our nation proud!
Let’s continue to cheer our Malaysia parathletes on and show them our support till the end of the Games (18th September 2016)! #goteammalaysia #kamiluarbiasa #wearesuperhumans