Published: Saturday September 8, 2012 MYT 1:18:00 PM
Updated: Saturday September 8, 2012 MYT 2:19:32 PM
Paralympic Games: Muhammad Ziyad lands a bronze
LONDON: Malaysian paralympian Muhamad Ziyad Zolkefli won a bronze medal in the shot put event at the ongoing London Paralympic Games early Saturday.
Muhamad Ziyad, 22, who hails from Gombak Selangor, pulled off the feat in the F20 category when he threw a distance of 15.21 metres.
This is Malaysia's second medal at this Games. The first, a silver, was won by Hasihan Sanawi in the men's individual recurve W1/W2 (wheelchair) event on Monday.
The gold was won by Todd Hodgetts of Australia who threw 16.29 metres while Sweden's Jeffrey Ige took the silver (15.50 metres).
All the three winners broke the Paralympics 12-year-old record of 13.10 metres set by Krzysztof Kaczmarek of Poland at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000.
"I am very happy to have won a medal at this Paralympics. I had targetted a medal finish.
"I dedicate this medal to both my parents and all the people of Malaysia who have been unwavering in their support for us (Malaysian paralympians)," said Muhammad Ziyad, who is making his Paralympics debut at this London Games.
He said he was under no pressure when competing in the event even though his third throw was disqualified by the judges.
"It was my fault but my concentration was not affected. I gave it all I had," he said.
He recorded the 15.21 metres in his second attempt after matching his personal best of 13.79 metres in the first. - Bernama