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ZOLKEFLI Muhammad Ziyad
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Malaysia   
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Zafira Nasir, daughter Zuhayra Zafra
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
English, Malay
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008.
Why this sport?
Athletics was a compulsory activity at his school.
Club / Team
Paralympic Club Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F20 shot put at the 2013 World Para Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents, teachers and coaches. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015, 14 Mar 2013)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski. (Athlete, 14 Mar 2013)
He injured his knee in November 2013 but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 ASEAN Para Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. (, 09 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Gold is my mission." (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Athlete for 2017 at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia Awards. (, 02 Mar 2018)

He was Malaysia's flag bearer at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 09 Oct 2014)

He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Malaysian Sports Awards. (, 11 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at international level, winning gold in the F20 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (IPC, 23 Apr 2018)
His intellectual impairment was identified in pre-school. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Other information
He has also competed in Para athletics, winning gold in shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, as well as at the world championships in 2013 and 2017. In able-bodied athletics, he claimed bronze in shot put at the 2017 South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "I am of the same calibre as able-bodied athletes. I can't limit myself to competing only in Para events. I want to challenge myself to achieve even greater things." (Instagram profile, 23 Apr 2018;, 23 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 Shot Put F20 15.21
1 2016 Shot Put F20 16.84
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 Shot Put F20 15.32
3 2015 Shot Put F20 15.37
1 2017 Shot Put F20 17.29
Asian Para Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Shot Put F20 15.31
1 2018 Shot Put F20 16.94