KUALA LUMPUR: The disappointment of not winning gold in his debut at the Perak edition of the Para Sukma (Malaysia Games) in 2018 was finally over when Johor athlete Ahmad Fizzi Rosni (pic) claimed the gold medal in the men’s T35/T36 (cerebral palsy) 100m event at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
The 22-year-old clocked 13.15s to win his first Para Sukma gold after bringing home two silvers and one bronze at the same tournament four years ago.
Ahmad Fizzi, who is touted as the successor to 2016 Rio Paralympic champion Ridzuan Puzi or better known as ‘Dik Wan’, said the achievement also erased his disappointment of not being able to see action in the 2020 Asean Para Games in the Philippines after it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This success is a sign that I have tried my best in training,” said Ahmad Fizzi, who was overcome by emotions after the win.
“I am grateful to my mother and father who supported me to get here, my friends who encouraged me and the teachers and coaches who are always caring. My target is the 2023 Cambodia Para Asean Games, I want to do the best for mum and dad.”
Ahmad Fizzi, who is a great fan of Ridzuan, was also elated when Ridzuan took time to congratulate him.
Ahmad Fizzi was the fastest to cross the finish line yesterday, beating Kedah sprinter Mohd Sobri Ghazali who recorded 13.88s in second place.
Perlis representative Mahfudz Mahzan recorded 14.85s for the bronze.
For the record, Ridzuan has a personal best time record of 12.06s while the Paralympic record of 11.85s is held by a Chinese athlete Deng Peicheng at the Tokyo 2020 edition. — Bernama