Three golds in 24 hours for Malaysia
RIO DE JANEIRO
MALAYSIAN sporting history was made with Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi, Ziyad Zolkefli and Abdul Latif Romly striking gold in record-breaking fashion at the Rio Paralympics.
Until their feats on Sunday morning, Malaysia had only won a total of five silvers and two bronzes since the country began competing in the Paralympics in 1972 in Munich.
Then, in the space of 24 hours, the country's national anthem was played thrice.
Ridzuan, 29, sprinted home to win the nation's first gold medal in the T36 100m final with a new Games record of 12.07sec.
Not to be outdone, London Paralympics bronze medallist Ziyad then took to the field to break the shot putt world record twice on his way to clinching the second gold for Malaysia, with 16.84m.
Abdul Latif delivered the third gold by breaking the world record three times in the men's T20 long jump final.
The Malaysian flag bearer, the youngest in the contingent at 19, broke the world record a third time when he soared to 7.60m in his fifth jump - and that proved enough to bag the gold.
ASIA NEWS NETWORK