KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak’s Adderin Majurin emerged as the star for Malaysia by winning the country’s 50th gold medal in the 7th Asean Para Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
With his achievement, Malaysia have met their 50 gold medal target in the biennial Games, which ended on Monday.
Adderin nicked the gold when he recorded a throw of 8.00m in the shot putt event under Category F34 (cognitive disability) in the athletics competiton. It was a new SEA Games record, erasing the old mark of 7.52m recorded at the 2010 Solo Games.
Strangely, Adderin was the only participant in the event, but according to Asian Paralympic Committee sports chairman Billy Lee, under the Para Games rule, a single contestant is not eligible for any medal unless he or she breaks the Games record. In which case, they are awarded a gold medal.
With that, Malaysia finished third overall in the biennial Games with their medal haul of 50-49-41. The top spot went to Indonesia (99-69-49) and Thailand took the second spot (96-82-70).
Malaysia’s gold medals came from athletics (36), swimming (6), powerlifting (3), archery (2), chess (2) and table tennis (1).
Every gold medal is worth RM20,000 under the National Sports Council (NSC) incentive scheme.
More than 1,600 athletes took part in the week-long Games which saw 12 sports contested, namely archery, athletics, boccia, chess, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball-sitting and wheelchair basketball.
Singapore will host the 8th edition of the Asean Para Games in December 2015.