PETALING JAYA: Rio Paralympic champions Ridzuan Puzi and Abdul Latif Romly set stunning new world records as the Malaysian contingent enjoyed their best day in Asian Para Games history by winning seven golds in Jakarta.
“Mr Dash” Ridzuan smashed the world as well as the Asian record en route to winning the men’s 100m T36 (learning disability) gold medal last night.
Ridzuan, who finished second in the event at the last Games in Incheon, South Korea, four years ago, broke the previous world record of 11.90 held by Russian Evgenii Shvetsov since 2013 with a new mark of 11.87.
Chinese sprinter Yang Yifei, who was beaten by Ridzuan in Rio, clocked 11.91 to settle for silver.
Yifei also lost his Asian record of 11.93 to Ridzuan.
“I am pleased to become the first to go under 12 seconds. This gold is for Malaysia,” said Ridzuan.
Abdul Latif produced another superhuman effort by retaining his men’s long jump T20 gold with 7.64m with his final leap.
Perlis-born Abdul Latif thus bettered his own world record of 7.60m held when he won the gold at the Rio Paralympics two years ago.
Siti Noor Iasah delivered the nation’s first gold at the Asian Para Games by winning the women’s 400m T20 final in 58.69 earlier in the day.
Mohd Nasharuddin quickly made it a glorious double for Malaysia by winning the men’s 400m T20 final in a new Asian record time of 49.32.
Nasharuddin also held the previous Asian record of 49.58, which he posted in Dubai earlier this year.
The 29-year-old Siti was very pleased to retain the gold she won at the last Games in Incheon, South Korea, four years ago although she missed out on a new record.
“There was a little pressure as we have not won any gold medal until this morning.
“I hope my success will help spur the rest of the contingent to win more.
“I am happy that the Youth and Sports Minister (Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman) and Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) are also here to support us,” said Siti.
Flag bearer Abu Bakar Nyat also contributed gold in the bowling lanes. He won the men’s singles TPB9 event with a six-game total of 1,473 pins.
Three silvers came from cyclist Mohd Najib Turano in the men’s road race C4, para lifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, who heaved a total of 204kg in the men’s below 65kg, and swimmer Muhd Nur Syaiful in the men’s 100m freestyle S5.