KUALA LUMPUR – The national paralympians continued their excellent showing at the Paralympics Games in Rio de Janeiro with Abdul Latif Romly clinching Malaysia’s third gold and setting a new world record (WR).
Abdul Latif, 19, from Kangar, broke the long jump T20 (learning disability) category with a 7.60m jump in his fifth attempt at the Olympic Stadium in Rio yesterday.
The previous world record of 7.35m was also his own which he set at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar last year.
The previous Paralympic record of 7.25m was held by Jose Antonio Exposito Pineiro from Spain. He achieved the feat at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
Abdul Latif jumped 7.47m in his second attempt after the first was disqualified for technical errors.
Abdul Latif continued to improve in his next jump with 7.54m, his fourth (6.79m) and his fifth (7.60m), which marked a new history for Malaysia and a fitting Aidiladha gift for Malaysians.
The silver medal was awarded to Zoran Talic from Croatia with 7.12m and the bronze, Dmytro Prudnikov from Ukraine with 6.99m.
Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won the first gold medal for Malaysia in the men’s 100m T36 (cerebral palsy category) dash.
Mohamad Ridzuan clocked 12.07 seconds to erase the old Paralympics record of 12.25s set by Roman Pavlyk from Ukraine at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
The second gold was delivered by Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli with a new world record in the men’s shot put F20 (learning disability) event.
He hurled the iron ball 16.84m in his fifth attempt to erase the old world record of 16.29m set by Todd Hodgetts of Australia at the London Paralympics in 2012.