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Malaysian Powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Wins Gold At Asian Para Games

Malaysian Powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Wins Gold At Asian Para Games

Malaysia’s medal tally at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou is at 4 golds, 6 silvers, and 6 bronzes.

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Paralympic and world champion para powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin won gold for Malaysia in the Para Asian Games in Hangzhou today (25 October).

The Sarawak-born athlete broke the Games record after lifting 230kg to win the men’s below 72kg event.

Bonnie holds the current world record of 231kg in the event after achieving it at the world meet in Dubai in August this year.

His win today earned Malaysia its fifth gold medal in the ongoing Asian Para Games.

As of 25 October, the Paralympic Council Malaysia puts the nation’s medal tally at the Para Asian Games at 4 golds, 6 silvers, and 6 bronzes.

Malaysia off to a good start in the Para Asian Games

On the first day of the Para Asian Games, the Malaysian contingent was off to a good start; bagging one gold, two silver, and three bronze medals.

Malaysia’s first medal was won by swimmer Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli. He won gold in the 100m men’s breaststroke SB4 (physical impairment) event at the Aquatic Sports Arena on Monday (23 October).

He also set a new game record time of 1 minute and 46.78 seconds.

Meanwhile, Syaiful’s teammate, Zy Lee Kher, won the bronze (2:11:80s). Syaiful later finished fourth in the 50m freestyle final in the evening.

Swimmer Imaan Aiman Redzuan won bronze in the men’s 100m backstroke S14 (intellectual impairment) after clocking 1:02:98s in the final.

Malaysia’s two silver medals came from the track cycling squad at the Chun’ An Jieshou Sports Centre Velodrome.

Mohd Khairul Hazwan, assisted by Muhammad Khairul Adha Rasol, won the first silver in the men’s 4,000m individual pursuit B (visual impairment).

The quartet – Mohamad Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin, Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi, Muhammad Hafiz Jamali and Muhammad Adi Raimie Amizazahan – won the second silver and clocked 52.356s in the 750m mixed team sprint event C1-C5 (limb deficiencies).

In addition, Nur Suraiya Zamri and pilot Farina Shawati Adnan won gold in the women’s 1,000m B (visual impairment) after clocking 1 minute and 13.434s in the final.

Meanwhile, teammates Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais, assisted by Nurul Suhada Zainal, won silver in the women’s 3,000m individual pursuit B (visual impairment).

Female shot put athlete Noor Imanina Idris was the first person to contribute a medal to the athletics camp after winning bronze in the shot put F20 (intellectual impairment) event. She achieved a new personal best throw of 11.08 metres.

Shot put champion Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli defended his gold medal in the men’s shot put F20 (intellectual impairment) after throwing a distance of 16.65 metres on his third attempt.

His teammate Aliff Mohamad Awi came in second on 13.75m in the same event.

Eddy Bernard won silver and clocked 11.86s in the men’s 100m T44 (physical impairment) event.

Abdul Latif Romly also defended his gold medal in the men’s long jump T20 with a leap of 7.18m.

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