>> September 08, 2012
Malaysian Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli has proven that he is one of the top shot putters in the World by taking bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London. The 22-year-old who stands 6'0" metres tall threw to a personal best distance of 15.21m in the F20 category (intellectual disability) with the 7.26kg standard implement today (yesterday in London 7.09.2012).
The effort has bettered his previous best 14.51m set in Kuala Lumpur in May this year, and now ranks no. 6 in Southeast Asian Rankings in "regular category" this year (as of now).
In last June he won the gold medal in German National Paralympics in a distance of 13.79m. He also won the ASEAN Paralympics in Solo Indonesia last December in 14.41m (= No. 10 in SEA Rankings for 2011).
The gold medal was won by Australia's Todd Hodgetts with a World record 16.29m, and silver medal goes to Sweden's Jeffery Ige (15.50m).
Update of Malaysian All-Time Rankings for Shot Put (as at 08.09.2012)
Adi Alifuddin Hussin
Mohd Nazar Abdul Rahim
Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli
Mohd Hafiz Hashim
Alif Hanif Mohd Affendi
Ngu Kit Min
M. Hasrul Nizam Yaakob