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Friday January 11, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Paralympic silver
medallist Hasihin Sanawi aspires to embrace
the spirit of South African sprinter Oscar
The wheelchair-bound archer is targeti ng a
medal for the first time when he takes on the
able-bodied athletes in the National Archery
Circuit, which begins in April.
Besides winning a gold medal in the 400m at
the Paralympics, “Blade Runner” Pistorius
hogged the limeli ght last year when he became
the first amputee sprinter to compete alongside
able-bodied rivals at the London Olympics –
reaching the final of the 4x400m relay and
semi-finals of the 400m.
“Oscar gave a good competition to the ablebodied
athletes, showing that nothing is impossible,”
said the 29-year-old Hasihin. “I’ve competed
in the national circuit against able-bodied
athletes but, this time, I want to challenge
for a medal. I used to lose in the first or second elimination rounds of the recurve event.”
All the national elite and back-up athletes
will be taking part in the competition, thus
making it a very challenging affair.
Hasihin’s confidence to go for a medal stems
from his exploits in winning the country’s first
silver medal in the individual recurve W1/W2
category (in wheelchair). The breakthrough has
given disabled athletes a big boost.
His achievement saw him move from 20th to
No. 4 in the world ranking.
Hasihin was paralysed from waist down after
a freak construction mishap seven years ago.
But he never let it break his spirit.
He then took up archery and went on to win
the silver at the Paralympics.
“I’m still the same person as before I won the
silver medal ... but I’m happy that many have
recognised the efforts of disabled athletes,” said
Hasihin, who is back in full-time training at the
archery ground in Keramat.
“This year, I wish more focus will be given to
disabled athletes and that more disabled men
and women will take up sport.
“For a full-time trainee like me, the main
competition this year is the SEA Games. The
NSC (National Sports Council) have been very
supportive by providing us with all the facilities.
All we have to do now is train diligently
Two days ago, Hasihin received RM200,000
from the NSC under the government’s incentive
scheme for winning a silver medal at the
Last month, he received the Setia Sultan
Sharafuddin Idris Shah (SIS) award and
RM30,000 under Selangor’s incentive scheme.
“The rewards for all the hard work have been
good but my work is far from over. I aim to
return stronger for the next Paralympics in Rio,”
Besides Hasihin, his compatriot Ziyad Zolkefli
has also been given due recognition for winning
a bronze medal in the shot putt event at the
For the record, Hasihin and Ziyad’s achievements
equalled the feat by the able-bodied
athletes at the London Olympic Games when
they too won one silver and one bronze through
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