Exemplary Ziyad - Paralympic shot putter's hard word pays rich dividends

Entending his congratulations to Ziyad, he hoped that other Paralympic would be inspired by the 23-years-old Gombak shot putter’s success.

Mohd Safrusahar hoped that Ziyad would maintain the momentum in other championships before the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“Although the elite Paralympic athletes do not have many local and international championships to show off their prowess, Ziyad has shown that with strong commitment in training they can challenge athletes from other countries,” he said.

Ziyad who was pitted against 10 athletes in F20, hurled that shot putt to a distance of 15.32m in the fourth attempt to clinch the gold medal – and erasing his personal best of 15.21m recorded at the London Paralympic Games last September.

Sweden’s Jeffrey Ige (15.28m) took silver while London Paralympics gold medallist Todd Hodgetts of Australia settled for the bronze with a throw of 15.17m.

In the London Games, Ige also won the silver while Ziyad took the bronze.

“ The victory also enabled Ziyad to improve his IPC world ranking,” said Mohd Safrusahar.

The other Malaysian athletes who qualified for the IPC Atheletics World Championship were Faridul Masri, Hermala Devi Eni Kutty, Adrin Majurin, Mohd Saipuddin Ishak, Azlan Mohd Lazim and Mohd Reduan Pozi.

About 1,100 Paralympic athletes from 100 countries are vying for honours in the championships at the Parilly Stadium in Lyon from July 19-28.

*** Sumber The Star

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