Hemala Devi Enny Kutty won Malaysia's first gold at the 7th Asean Para Games in Myanmar through the women's javelin event.
NAYPYITAW: National paralympian Hemala Devi Enny Kutty gave the Malaysian contingent double joy – by delivering the first gold at the 7th Asean Para Games and setting a new Games record.
She secured the gold and set the record in the women’s F11/F12 javelin event after throwing a distance of 23.78m on Wednesday.
The silver was won by Dayang Nor Hensan of Brunei (15.20m) while the bronze by Jeanette of the Philippines (14.50m).
“This is my best distance yet. Before this it was usually between 21m and 22m. When I was making the throws, I was not thinking about breaking records. I just wanted to record a personal best,” said Hemala.
The distance, achieved on her third try, erased the old record of 21.23m which she herself set at the last Games in Solo, Indonesia in 2011. The mark is also a new national record.
For Hemala, the victory was all the more sweeter because the event involved a combined category for visually impaired paralympians.
Hemala also won the first gold medal for Malaysia at the Asean Para Games in Solo in 2011.
“This is beyond my expectations. In fact this event was not to be competed today but because of some schedule changes, it was slotted earlier,” she said.
Hemala will also be competing in the discus and shot putt. — Bernama