PETALING JAYA: Mohd Nur Syaiful Zulkafli can afford to smile at the end of his Tokyo Paralympics campaign.
The 26-year-old swimmer clocked a personal best time of 32.82 in finishing fifth in the men’s 50m freestyle S5 final in Tokyo yesterday.
Nur Syaiful previously clocked 33.20 when he took bronze in the event at the World Para Swimming Championships in London two years ago.
Nur Syaiful had qualified fifth in the heats with a time of 33.46. The top eight swimmers advanced to the final.
China made a clean sweep of the podium spots with Zheng Tao coming out tops in 30.31, breaking the Paralympic record of 31.30 set by teammate Yuan Weiyi in the heats in the morning.
Weiyi had to be satisfied with silver as he came in with 31.11 ahead of Wang Lichao, who clocked 31.35. It was a satisfying end to Nur Syaiful’s campaign after enduring two disqualifications last week.
Sarawak-born Nur Syaiful was disqualified from his opening event – 200m freestyle S5 – for sticking a plaster to cover a boil on his shoulder.
Nur Syaiful made the 100m freestyle S5 final where he finished seventh but endured another agony after he was disqualified again for taking too long to bring his head up after diving in the 100m breaststroke SB4 event.