PETALING JAYA: Ridzuan Puzi looks all set for his title defence at the World Para Athletics Championships in London from July 14-23 after bagging gold at the Handisport Paris Open in France.
Ridzuan clocked 12.15 in the men’s 100m to come out tops with a combined 1,189 points at the Charlety Stadium yesterday.
French sprinter Timothee Adolphe (1,142pts) was second and South Africa’s Charl Du Troit (1,139pts) third.
The winner is determined on total points earned after combining the other classifications for the same event.
Malaysia also bagged two silver medals through Ziyad Zolkefli (men’s shot putt) and Mohd Saifuddin Ishak (men’s long jump).
Mohd Nasharuddin Mohamad took bronze for Malaysia in the men’s 400m.
Ridzuan bagged the nation’s first gold at the Rio Paralympics last year when he dashed across the finish line of the men’s 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) in a new Games record of 12.07.
Ziyad was also a Paralympic gold medallist in men’s shot putt F20 (learning disability) in Rio de Janeiro.
Para athletics coach R. Jaganathan was happy with his charges’ performance in Paris, especially that of the 29-year-old Ridzuan, who will bid to defend his 100m title at the world meet next month.
“The purpose of the competition is to assess our athletes’ current form. This is a good exposure as athletes from 33 countries took part,” said Jaganathan.
“We want to see where we can further improve on before the world meet.
“It’s not easy to get gold as the winner is determined after combining all the categories for the particular event.”
National Sportsman of the Year Abdul Latif Romly, who is also the nation’s third Paralympic winner in men’s long jump T20 (learning disability) in Rio, is still recovering from an ankle injury.