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Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20

Further personal information

Family
Husband Muhammad Hafiz Abu Bakar, son Nur Iman Qaisarah Muhammad Hafiz
Residence
Johor Bahru, MAS
Languages
Malay

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1999 at primary school.
Why this sport?
One of her teachers noticed her talent and recommended her to the National Sport Council centre in Kulai, Malaysia. "In the beginning I only raced in the 100m and 200m, but then I noticed too many athletes were running in those events, so then I switched to the 400m and 800m."
Name of coach
R Jaganathan [national], MAS

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman. (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Desire for gold." (Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2014 and 2018 she was named Para Sportswoman of the Year in Malaysia. (astroawani.com, 23 Apr 2019; kinabalutoday.com, 29 Apr 2015)
Famous relatives
Her husband Muhammad Hafiz Abu Bakar has represented Malaysia in Para athletics. He placed fourth in the F37 shot put at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (nst.com.my, 14 Sep 2016; themalaymailonline.com, 21 Oct 2014)
Impairment
Her intellectual impairment was identified while she was at pre-school. "I used to distance myself from my classmates back in primary school. I had issues in memorising lessons and they bullied me. That was why I always chose to sit at the back. I always thought, 'What will my future be like?' After winning medals, I discovered I actually could achieve something." (Majlis Sukan Negara Malaysia Facebook page, 24 Sep 2020; Athlete, 21 Oct 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLAN
She intends to retire from the sport following the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I've been active in sports since I was 16. So I guess after Tokyo I will retire as an athlete because I want to focus on my son and my family." (Majlis Sukan Negara Malaysia Facebook page, 24 Sep 2020; bharian.com.my, 17 Oct 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T20 Final 1 2015-10-25 6
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 1 2015-10-29 3
Women's 400 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-30 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2016-09-12 1
Women's 400 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-13 4
Women's Long Jump T20 Final Round 2016-09-15 4