Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli
At the London 2017 World Championships, Zolkefli’s opening round effort of 17.29m smashed his previous world record mark set when he won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and proved enough to seal his second world title.
News of the Malaysian’s achievements in London quickly spread around the globe and footage of Zolkefli’s throw became World Para Athletics’ top Tweet of the championships, with over 7,000 reTweets and nearly 3,500 likes.
Zolkefli’s exploits were, in terms of social media engagement, the biggest moment of the championships.
The Malaysian first hit the headlines in 2016 when he won his country’s first ever Paralympic gold medal at the Rio Games with what was then a world record 16.84m.
An emotional Zolkefli wept tears of joy as the realisation of his victory sank in; his medal ceremony was equally moving.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He injured his knee in November 2013 but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 ASEAN Para Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. (thestar.com.my, 09 Jan 2014)
The Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development named a welfare institution in Selangor in his name [Taman Sinar Harapan Ziyad Zolkefli] after he won gold in the F20 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (hmetro.com.my, 28 Sep 2016)
He was Malaysia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (thestar.com.my, 09 Oct 2014)
He was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Malaysian Sports Awards. (astroawani.com, 11 Sep 2016)
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|Men's Shot Put F20||Final 1||2017-07-15||1|