New cars for Rio Paralympics gold medallists

Two Malaysian who won gold medals at the Rio Paralympics yesterday are to be rewarded with a new car for creating history.


Naza Corporation boss Nasarudin Nasimuddin, who is president of the Paralympics Council of Malaysia, announced in a statement that his company would present a new Kia Sportage to each gold medallist.

“I am very proud of our Malaysian paralympians who will be bringing their gold medals home. Being a homegrown company, Naza will be rewarding our homegrown Malaysian athletes who win gold at the Rio Paralympics,” he said.

“Our Malaysian paralympians have showed their mettle despite their odds. This is how we show that Malaysia Boleh!” he said.

World champion Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi won the first gold medal in the 100m T36 (cerebral palsy) event, setting a Paralympic record, while Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold, while setting a new world record, in the men’s shot putt F20 (intellectual disability).

The prime minister, Najib Razak, in a Facebook posting, said: “Today is an extremely historic day for Malaysia. Negaraku was played loudly for the first time in Rio. We brought back not one, but two gold medals from Ridzuan Puzi and Ziyad, who also set a world record. The entire nation is proud of both of you and your achievements in the Paralympics.”

Ridzuan’s time of 12.07 seconds broke the Paralympic record of 12.25 held by Ukraine’s Roman Pavlyk since the 2008 games in Beijing.

Ziyad hurled the shot putt to 16.84m, breaking the world record of 16.59m held by Australia’s Todd Hodgetts since 2007. Ziyad won the bronze at the previous Paralympics in London four years ago.