Paralympic medals feature special innovations

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  • Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016

Abdul Latif Romly celebrates with his gold medal during the victory ceremony. - REUTERS

PETALING JAYA: All medals at the ongoing 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro feature several innovations to make them accessible to people with disabilities aside from the use of Braille to help visually-challenged athletes.   

"In addition to featuring braille, the Paralympic Games medals include a special innovation; they have a tiny device inside which makes a noise when the medal is shaken, allowing visually impaired athletes to know if they are gold, silver or bronze. Gold has the loudest noise, bronze the quietest," said the International Paralympic Committee at

It added that the gold used to make the medals has been extracted without the use of mercury.  

According to the committee, the medals have been produced using strict sustainability criteria - from the initial mining to the design of the end product.   

"The silver and bronze medals have been produced using 30% recycled materials. Half of the plastic in the ribbons which will be used to hang the medals around athletes’ necks comes from recycled plastic bottles.  The rounded cases that hold the medals were made from freijó wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)," it added.   

Malaysia will be taking home three gold medals from the 2016 Paralympics which ends on Sept 18.

The first gold medal was won by Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi in the 100m T36 (celebral palsy) event, while Muhammad Ziyad won the gold with a new world record in the men's shot put F20 (learning disability) final.  

Abdul Latif Romly delivered the third gold for the nation by breaking the world record three times in the men's F20 (intellectual disability) long jump final.


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