Sunday September 9, 2012
Ziyad wins bronze for Malaysia in Paralympics
LONDON: Mohd Ziyad Zolkefli handed Malaysia a second Paralympic medal when he captured the bronze in the men’s shot putt F20 category (cognitive disability) on Friday.
The 22-year-old, who hails from Gombak, Selangor, hurled the putt to a distance of 15.21m to finish behind Australia’s Todd Hodgetts (16.29m) and Sweden’s Jeffrey Ige (15.50m).
All three winners broke the 12-year-old record of 13.10m set by Krzysztof Kaczmarek of Poland at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000.
Archer Hasihin Sanawi had delivered Malaysia’s first medal on Monday when he won a silver in the men’s individual recurve W1/W2 (wheelchair) event.
Ziyad, who is making his Paralympic debut, was elated with his bronze medal.
“I am very happy to have won a medal at this Paralympics. I had targeted a medal finish. I want to dedicate this medal to my parents and all the people of Malaysia who have been unwavering in their support for us,” said Ziyad, who revealed that he felt no pressure despite his third throw being disqualified.
“It was my fault but my concentration was not affected. I gave it all I had.”
He recorded the 15.21m in his second attempt after matching his personal best of 13.79m with his first throw.
His fourth, fifth and sixth attempts reached 14.35m, 14.13m and 14.36m respectively.
Meanwhile, Adderin Majurin could only finish 15th out of 20 competitors in the men’s javelin F32/33/34 category (cerebral palsy) with a best throw of 24.26m.
China’s Wang Yanzhang won with a 49.03m effort while Saudi Arabia’s Hani Alnakhli (34.65m) and Algeria’s Lahouari Bahlaz (22.30m) took silver and bronze respectively. — Bernama