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Muhamad Afiq Mohamad Ali Hanafiah

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Residence
Malaysia
Languages
Malay

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at school in 2010.
Why this sport?
He used to play rugby but at age 15 he quit the sport because his father was afraid he would get a serious injury. He then took up athletics so he could stay involved in sport.
Name of coach
R Jaganathan [national], MAS

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Malaysia

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T12 100m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family, and his teachers. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He sustained a knee injury in 2018 but recovered in time to compete in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (stadiumastro.com, 07 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 01 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." (Instagram profile, 27 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
His vision impairment is caused by cataracts. "At age 12 I was diagnosed with cataracts and had to undergo eye surgery. But then another child accidentally elbowed me in the eye just after the operation while it was still wrapped. It began to swell and over time everything became more and more fuzzy." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; mstar.com.my, 04 Apr 2019)
Other information
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
He studied reflexology and massage therapy prior to becoming a full-time athlete. "I occasionally do massages for friends, if they ask." (mstar.com.my, 04 Apr 2019)