Malaysian para athletes exceed expectations at Asean Games

PETALING JAYA: Hats off to the national para athletes.

The Malaysian contingent have surpassed the 50-gold medal mark on the final day of the 8th Para Asean Games in Singapore – courtesy of two more golds from athletics.

Muhd Hafiz Abu Bakar emerged victorious in the men’s discus F35/36/37 for gold No. 51 before Muhd Nurdin Ibrahim clinched gold No. 52 in the men’s 1,500m T20 in record-breaking style.

Nurdin set a sizzling pace to cross the finish line in 4:25.83, wiping out compatriot Rafiq Nasyreen’s previous Games record of 4:40.10 by almost 15 seconds!

In discus, Hafiz and Zakaria Saad completed a superb one-two finish for Malaysia. Hafiz registered 33.69m in his final throw to beat Zakaria’s 31.60m