You need to know these Paralympians, they've made Malaysia proud in Rio


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  • Monday, 19 Sep 2016

Abdul Latif Romly delivered Malaysia’s third gold medal by breaking the world record thrice in the men’s T20 long jump. At 19, the flag bearer is the youngest in the Malaysian contingent. He was always active in sports and had won countless medals. But of course the Paralympics gold medal tops it all. Photo: Reuters

Four of our Paralympians made history at the 2016 Rio Paralympics when they won 3 gold medals and 1 bronze at Rio, achieving what Malaysians have been hoping from our able-bodied athletes at the recent Rio Olympics. It has been a glorious journey for athletes Muhd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi, Abdul Latif Romly, Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli and Siti Noor Radiah, and we thank them for inspiring us with their grit and tenacity.

Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli, 26, who won the gold medal and broke the world record in F20 Shot Putt wanted most to learn how to be strong and to have will power. It was hard for the 26-year-old Kelantanese who has an intellectual disability to him to leave his family to pursue his athletics career but he persevered and made good his promise of bringing back a medal from Rio. - Reuters
Muhd Ziyad Zolkefli, 26, who won the gold medal and broke the world record in F20 Shot Putt wanted most to learn how to be strong and to have will power. It was hard for the 26-year-old Kelantanese who has an intellectual disability to him to leave his family to pursue his athletics career but he persevered and made good his promise of bringing back a medal from Rio. Photo: Reuters

Siti Noor Radiah competes in womens T20 (intellectual disability) long jump.
Siti Noor Radiah competes in womens T20 (intellectual disability) long jump.

Muhammad Ridzuan Mohd Puzi who cerebral palsy found his confidence in sports and trained hard with the support of his family and coach. The 29-year-old from Perlis made history by being the first Malaysian to win a gold medal at the Paralympics in the T36 100m race in Rio. – Xinhua
Muhammad Ridzuan Mohd Puzi who cerebral palsy found his confidence in sports and trained hard with the support of his family and coach. The 29-year-old from Perlis made history by being the first Malaysian to win a gold medal at the Paralympics in the T36 100m race in Rio. Photo: Xinhua

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