KUALA LUMPUR – Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi missed out on a second medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after finishing in fourth place in the men’s T36 (cerebral palsy category) long jump event on Monday.
On Saturday, Mohamad Ridzuan created history by winning Malaysia’s first gold medal in the Paralympics in the 100m T36 event. He clocked 12.07 seconds to rewrite the previous Paralympic record of 12.25s set by Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine in Beijing in 2008.
“A bit disappointed as I did not do my best, My jump was not that good because I hesitated. I’m disappointed as I could not win another medal for the country,” he was quoted as saying on the National Sports Council’s Facebook page.
The 29-year-old athlete from Padang Besar, Perlis, however, was still proud of his achievement in bringing the country’s first gold medal in the Paralympic Games.
In the long jump at the Olympic Stadium in Rio, Ridzuan’s best effort was 5.36m in his fourth attempt.
The jump, however, did not improve on his distances of 5.42m at the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea in 2014 and 5.44m at this year’s Malaysian Paralympiad in Sarawak in August.
Australia’s Brayden Davidson won the gold after achieving 5.62m while Rodrigo Parreira da Silva from Brazil had to settle for the silver despite recording the same distance (lost on countback).
Both of them broke the Paralympic record of 5.23m set by Ukraine’s Roman Pavlyk at the previous edition in London in 2012.
Pavlyk jumped 5.61m this time around to take the bronze.- BERNAMA