Paralympics, Olympics proof M’sians can ‘win together’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The 2016 Olympics and Paralympics is proof that Malaysians can “win together”, the Gerakan said.

Gerakan Secretary-General and MP for Simpang Renggam,  Liang Teck Meng said in a statement that credit should go to the Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin and the government for the success.

He said: “I was brimming with pride watching our two gold medal winners in action in beating the world.

“I was overcome by tears watching the Negaraku being played in Rio while our proud winners themselves were overcome with emotion on the winner’s stand.”

Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi and Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli made Malaysians stand tall with their wins.

Mohamad Ridzuan gave Malaysia its first gold medal in Paralympic Games history in the men’s 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event.

In the race at the Olympic Stadium, Mohamad Ridzuan clocked 12.07 seconds, erasing the earlier record of 12.25 seconds by Roman Pavlyk of Ukraine at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

One hour after Mohamad Ridzuan’s victory, Malaysia was again rewarded with another gold medal, this time from Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli in the men’s shot put F20 (intellectual disability) event.

The London Paralympics bronze medallist also set a new world record with his first throw of 16.4m, which rewrote the previous record of 16.29m by Todd Hodgetts of Australia, set in London.

The 26-year-old athlete continued his outstanding performance to improve the world record to achieve a distance of 16.84m in his fifth throw.

Malaysia had earlier won four silvers and a bronze in the Olympics, the best medal tally ever.

Liang noted that this Olympics and Paralympics had been the most successful so far for the nation. He hoped the people could build on this success and unity.

“Politics may divide us but sports unites us. All Malaysians should put our past disappointments behind us, celebrate our present together and learn to win together from now on.”