Para athletics in numbers: Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli

Latest in series of stats and facts behind sport’s biggest names 11 May 2018 By IPC

Here are the numbers behind Malaysia’s world and Paralympic champion Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli.

1990 – Now 28 years old, Zolkefli was born on 15 March 1990.

20 – The Malaysian is a shot putter and competes in the T20 class for intellectually impaired Para athletes.

2 – He’s the man for the big occasion. Zolkefli has broken the shot put F20 world record twice, first at Rio 2016, then at London 2017.

17.29 – The current world record stands at 17.29m, which was Zolkefli’s opening round throw at last year’s World Championships. He was the only competitor to throw beyond 17 metres – in fact, he is still the only man in his class ever to have done so.

6 – Zolkefli has medalled at every major championship he’s taken part in – starting with bronze at London 2012, which he upgraded to gold at Rio 2016. He’s won the world title twice and has the chance to defend his Asian Para Games title later this year.

7,000 – When Zolkefli won gold on the second day of competition at London 2017, footage of his record-breaking throw became World Para Athletics’ top Tweet of the championships, with over 7,000 reTweets and nearly 3,500 likes.

184 – Zolkefli’s height in centimetres – he measures in at 1.84m, or six feet.

1 – When Zolkefli won gold at Rio 2016 he was the first Malaysian to win a Paralympic field event title.