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Malaysian gold rush
Published on: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

JAKARTA: Malaysia's paralympic athletes finally opened their gold account at the 2018 Asian Para Games on Tuesday by winning five gold medals as at press time.

Siti Noor Lasah, Nasharuddin Mohamed, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Fuzi and Abdul Latif Romly brought cheers to the national contingent when they clinched gold in the track and field events.

Siti Noor contributed Malaysia's first gold medal in the women's 400m T20 event after she clocked 00:59.49s.


"Alhamdulillah, I managed to contribute the first gold for the country," she said, hoping that her victory could help boost other athletes' spirit to achieve the 15-gold medal target at the Games.

In the event held at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, the silver went to host athlete Sesa Elvin Elhudia with 1:01.38s and Charuswat Sukunya from Thailand claimed the bronze medal after clocking 01:06.14s.

Malaysia continued to dominate the 400m T20 event when Nasharuddin bagged the second gold medal for the country in the men's category after recording 00:49.32s.

The silver and bronze medals were respectively won by Indonesians Kolymau Felipus (00:50.28s) and Tine Endi Nurdin (00:50.62s).


Mohamad Ridzuan meanwhile, won the men's 100m T36 in 11.87s with silver going to China's Yang Yifei (11.91s) and bronze to Oman's Al Harrasi Taha Abdullah Rashid (12.36s).

Abdul Latif on the other hand, jumped to gold in the men's long jump T20 with a 7.64m while silver and bronze went to Japanese duo Kokubo Kanta (6.79m) and Yamaguchi Mitsuo (6.68m).

Malaysia's fifth gold came from tenpin bowling when Abu Bakar Nyat won the Mixed Singles TPB9 with 1473 pinfalls while teammate Wong Kee Soon won the bronze with 1327 pinfalls. The silver medal was won by South Korea's Mun Gyeongho (1370 pinfalls).

Meanwhile, Siti Noor and Nasharuddin will be rewarded by the Johor state government for bagging gold medals. This was announced by State Youth, Sports and Culture Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar in a statement in Johor Bahru on Tuesday.


While congratulating the two Johor-born athletes, he said the state government would hold discussions on the incentive for the paralympic athletes from the state who excelled in the Asian Para Games.

"The success of the Johor athletes would be inspire the Johor contingent at the Malaysian Paralympiad in Perak in December. "The success has also brought honours to the state of Johor at the Asian Para Games," said Mohd Khuzzan.

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