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Gold medalist Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli of Malaysia celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Men's Shot Put F20 Final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli

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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F20

Further personal information

Family
Wife Zafira Nasir, daughter Zuhayra Zafra [2017], son Tariq Xavier [2019]
Residence
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Malay

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2009 at school.
Why this sport?
Athletics was a compulsory activity at his school.
Name of coach
Mohamad Faizol Harun [national], MAS

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Malaysia
Location
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Watching films. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and setting a world record in the F20 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
A back injury affected his preparations for the 2018 Asian Para Games. He was still able to compete at the event in Indonesia and won a gold medal in the F20 shot put. (nst.com.my, 15 Jan 2019; thejakartapostimages.com, 12 Oct 2018)

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)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Start today, not tomorrow." (Facebook page, 20 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Athlete of 2017 at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia Awards. (kosmo.com.my, 02 Mar 2018)

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 at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and 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)
Other sports
He won a bronze medal in able-bodied shot put at the 2017 South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (kualalumpur2017.com.my, 22 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mstar.com.my, 24 Apr 2019)
Impairment
His intellectual impairment was identified in pre-school. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F20 Final Round 2012-09-07 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2015-10-22 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F20 Final Round 2016-09-10 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2017-07-15 1