KULAI: National Paralympian Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin's family is staying positive for her performance in the next event - long jump - under the women’s T20 (intellectual disability) category set to take place tonight (Thursday) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Speaking to The Star, her mother Zatipah Omar, 55, a school cleaner, said they were already proud of her daughter's achievement thus far at the Rio Paralympics, as she is considered a Malaysian hero.
Siti Noor Iasah lost the women’s T20 (intellectual disability) 400m bronze medal by a whisker to Poland’s Barbara Niewiedzial. She recorded a time of 58.55 seconds.
The only consolation for Siti Noor Iasah was that she broke her own Asian Para Games record of 58.96 seconds.
"Despite the disappointment in the judges decision to confer the bronze medal to the Polish runner, we know that she will persevere and put her best foot forward in the long jump event later.
"We are rooting for her back home, praying for her and keeping tabs over the latest updates on the games via the Internet," she said when met here at their home in Kampung Melayu Seelong in Senai on Thursday.